The Voice of the suffering and persecuted​

Syria earthquake: ‘less than one minute was worse than 12 years of war’


“They use many different expressions to express the 12-year war. But if you ask them about the earthquake that they were exposed to, the answer is just one word: horror.”

‘Absolute despair’ in Syria as country is hit by two earthquakes


“The Church in Syria is shocked by the catastrophe. Even as far away as Beirut, people went down to the streets, worried that another explosion was about to unsettle their country. For now, the Church is checking on its people and families.”

France: Tribute to the martyrs of 2022


“Many thanks for such a magnificent and moving ceremony in honor of our persecuted and suffering brothers. It’s shocking. What courage, what faith, what perseverance! I was also shocked by the testimonies of the three guests.”

South Sudan: ‘If I meet the Pope, I’ll thank him for bringing us hope’


This visit is a landmark in the history of the youngest country on earth, a country which only gained its independence in 2011. Nobody wants to be left out, Sister Beta explains. “Everybody is paying close attention to the news, expectations are high, there is much joy and hope. Lots of hope!”

Nuncio to DR Congo: ‘The Pope wants to encourage everyone toward reconciliation’


“Francis is coming to Congo because this country is very important to the Catholic Church. The DRC has the largest number of Catholics in Africa, and the seventh largest Catholic population in the world. Issues such as mission, evangelization, pastoral life, closeness to the people, etc., are very current here.”

ACN to hold three days of prayer for Myanmar, on second anniversary of coup


“As we prepare to mark the second anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, on February 1, we ask God to move the hearts of all those who can put a stop to this tragedy. We pray also for all the internally displaced, including children, women, the elderly and sick in the affected areas.”

Jihadist attack in Spain—rise in religious hatred


The jihadist used a machete to kill the warden of one of the churches, Diego Valencia, married and a father, who was well known locally as the owner of a florist, and injured four more, including a priest. 

Nigeria: Thousands gather for tribute to Father Isaac Achi


“Father Achi’s activities among his people in Kafin Koro could have caused the desire for his abduction or even killing. He has been the voice of counsel and encouragement to the entire people of Kafin Koro in the face of attacks by bandits in the area. People called him, some went to him for counsel on all kinds of matters”

New convent beckons Christians to return to Iraq


The jihadist terror group was eventually defeated, but the buildings, including two important churches, were almost destroyed, and the population scattered, some to refugee camps, while others emigrated.

Pope visits Congo and South Sudan as messenger of peace


“The impact of the Catholic Church in DRC is difficult to overestimate. Its schools have educated more than 60 percent of the nation’s primary school students and more than 40 percent of its secondary students.

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