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Sierra Leone: ‘they took God out of the solution when God is the solution’

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“One of the positive aspects of the shutdown of churches was that it brought us very close to the faithful.”

Shahnaz Bhatti: testimony of a Catholic nun who served in Afghanistan

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“The most trying thing was not being able to move about freely, because, as women, we always had to be accompanied by a man.”

Iraq’s Islamist extremists are emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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“It is definitely true that the mentality of ISIS still exists in Iraq and Syria among certain parts of the population.”

Mozambique bishop: ‘Nobody asks for martyrdom, but is is something that can happen at any moment’

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“We may well be at risk, but at the same time we are here on a mission, and we are here for Jesus.”

‘After the Taliban killed my parents, I fled Afghanistan when I was eight years old’

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“One day I came home from school to find that the Taliban had destroyed our home and killed my parents. My brother and I were forced to flee Afghanistan.”

Sister Clara’s dream for the future of children in Iraq comes true

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“Our goal was to offer young people a place of reconciliation and healing after being displaced by ISIS and living for so many years as refugees.”

Lebanon holds a message of hope for the future of Christians in the Middle East

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“All Arab countries forbid Muslims to convert to Christianity, so our message to the Middle East is that we have to preserve religious freedom.”

How the pandemic changed the working practice of ACN—offering help from a distance

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We were aable to support bishops with video equipmen to facilitate pastoral activity that had been stymied by the pandemic.

In Chile, young people are helping rebuild a vandalized church

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The images of the church tower collapsing in a sea of flames shocked not only the local people and the Catholic faithful, but the whole country.

Missionary: ‘our exit from Afghanistan was a real miracle’

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“If we hadn’t left on that day, we might quite possibly not have been able to get away.”

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Religious FREEDOM

IN THE WORLD

REPORT 2021

Executive Summary