Survey shows decline in US Catholics’ concern about global Christian persecution


“In a world where up to 300 million Christians are confronted with various forms of harassment and outright persecution because of their faith, the US Church simply must do more to inform and galvanize the faithful.”

Aid group commits $5.5M to support priests and nuns serving communities most vulnerable to COVID-19


 “We are united in prayer with the brave and dedicated priests and nuns who give their all to serve the world’s most vulnerable communities, and with all who are suffering around the world.”

In Niger, joy and surprise at sign of life in case of abducted missionary


Not even 23 seconds long, the video appears to have been recorded by the priest’s abductors as proof of life and may indicate the possibility of negotiations for the liberation of this missionary.

Living the faith in Kenya, five years after major terrorist attack


“We thank God that things have returned almost to normal, even though there are still some sporadic attacks from terrorist groups in our diocese. The last two months there have been about 16 of these incidents and some 60 people lost their lives.”

India—suffering and consolation in the time of COVID-19


“While still adhering to the measures imposed, they are seeking out those in need and giving them food. They are helping everyone—Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Muslims—without any discrimination whatsoever.”

Jihadists fly their flag in Mozambique—a ‘disgrace,’ bishop says


“It is a tragedy. What is happening in Mozambique is a disgrace. It is a real shame that our people should be humiliated in this way.”

Iraq: Christians desire ‘a real and profound change of the political system’


“Personally, I am optimistic regarding the future of the Christians on the Nineveh Plains and in Iraq. Through education and cultural dialogue, we can overcome obscurantism and violence.”

Coronavirus puts economic toll on Christians in the Holy Land


On March 12, the Franciscan Pilgrims Office in Jerusalem cancelled until further notice all Masses booked by pilgrimage tour companies at Holy Land shrines.

From a nun in Syria, a message of hope and faith in the time of the coronavirus


“To all our ACN donors, we say very sincerely: ‘Thank you for your enormous generosity. You have helped us for so many years and continue to do so.’”

Education and dialogue hold key to Christians staying in Iraq


In addition to having lost their faith in the future, in the authorities and in a number of their Muslim neighbors—who had initially welcomed ISIS with open arms— Christians are now facing a very precarious economic situation.

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Words of Comfort and Hope

“This brief note is to let you know that we, the monks in Sri Lanka, are praying for the whole world every day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm before the Blessed Sacrament. And as we pray for the whole world, we have not forgotten you at ACN; you and your loved ones are also remembered in a special way. We pray that the Good Lord may protect you, your loved ones from this pandemic as we believe in a God who is good.”