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Mosul, Iraq: ‘I cannot believe my eyes when I see what ISIS has done to my church’

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“The reconstruction of this church will cost a lot of money and energy, and for whom would we be rebuilding it? All the Christians have left Mosul.”

For Marconia, a miracle in Aleppo?

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“We have lost many precious lives in this ugly war. I ask everyone who can make a difference in Syria to help us to get safety and peace. This is the dream of every Syrian now—to live in peace and return to how we used to live before.”

Cathedral in Central African Republic shelters Muslims in imminent danger

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A Muslim man was caught by the anti-balakas, (the anti-Muslim rebel gangs) and murdered on the spot. This caused great alarm among the Muslims in the encampment.

A meeting with the Coptic Pope, an expression of solidarity with victims of terror

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“What struck us most was the vigor and beauty of the faith of the Coptic Christians of Egypt, who—despite the attacks, despite the terror created by the actions of the fundamentalist Islamist groups—do not cease to flock to their places of worship.”

In Nigeria, brutal attacks and a story of survival

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“So we ran. In the bush everyone was selfish; we ran as if there was a competition; we were exhausted and absolutely afraid, but we kept on running.”

Aid to the Church in Need helps Christians and other vulnerable minorities in the Middle East who are confronted with Islamic extremism

In Iraq, a baby boy is saved from certain death

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The elders of her tribe made the decision to kill the child as soon as it was born. To their way of thinking, it was impossible to leave alive a child whose father is an ISIS militant

In Russia, Catholics and Orthodox Christians are working together

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“We are greatly encouraged by the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches cooperation, particularly on social projects and protecting the right to family and life.”

DRC security forces are accused of killings in more than 130 attacks on Catholic churches

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“There was a Mass at Kinshasa Cathedral to memorialize at least four people killed on Dec. 31 [2017]. After this Mass, the army and police again fired tear gas and two people were injured.”

In Cairo, blood flows again at Coptic church

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“Despite the pain inside my heart—I miss my mother desperately—I am happy because she is a martyr and I don’t feel afraid of the terrorists anymore. “

In the Middle East Christians remain under siege, with ACN helping the Church in Syria survive, physically and spiritually

Syrian bishop avoids certain death, as bomb hits his bedroom

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“Providence watches over his little servant, but now I am exiled like 12 million Syrian refugees who have nothing left.”

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Religious FREEDOM

IN THE WORLD

REPORT 2021

Executive Summary