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In the Philippines, a bishop finds his cathedral destroyed, but keeps hope

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The bishop expressed his determination that his priority, rather than the rebuilding of the cathedral, was to ensure the return of the Christian population that had fled the fighting.

Pope Francis goes to Chile as a messenger of peace for society as a whole

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“For a country that has been painfully hit by the legalization of abortion, the papal visit brings renewed hope to the lives of Christians.”

First Christmas Mass in Mosul since 2014—Muslims lend a hand

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“The efforts of the Churches to recreate a stable and peaceful environment for the local population have borne further fruit.”

ACN reports on the life of the suffering Church around the world, helps the Church in DRC stand up against the government in protest

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ‘Church in firing line’

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“The Church is certainly the most credible institution in the country and consequently finds herself in the line of fire. But it is necessary, because no one else dares to protest.”

Catholic minority in Bosnia Herzegovina suffers heavy discrimination

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“There is reason to be seriously concerned for the future. If there were no more Croats left there, then there would also be no more Catholics.”

Suffering Church in Ukraine needs care for the soul

Ukraine: ‘most important mission of the Church is to bring God to the people’

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“More than anything, the mission of the Church is to bring God to the people and proclaim the truth to them. We should not only give them bread and forget the soul. It is not enough to just do good deeds, we should not cheat the people of the grace necessary for their salvation.”

The suffering Church in Cairo

In Cairo, a Christmas season tinged with sorrow

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“He was still alive and, looking me in the eyes, he told me to take care of my younger sister and brother; and he gave me the keys to the church gate and to our apartment. I will always remember his smile right before he died.”

First Christmas on the Nineveh Plains

Despite uncertainty, Christians in Iraq, Syria are urged to ‘keep Bethlehem in their hearts’

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“Everyone who is helping to rebuild there is investing their personal courage and vision for the future. That is the foundation for rebuilding relations between people.”

The Suffering Church is protected by Jesus

‘Do not fear, I will be with you’—Christmas 2017

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“The deep certainty of our faith, that Jesus is with us in a particular manner when our life is most closely conformed to his cross, is the source of an extraordinary strength and confidence, so that those situations that would otherwise have been a source of endless desolation have now been lit up with joy.”

Quetta Pakistan, Bishop Victor

Jihadists attack church in Pakistan, but authorities prevent mass killing

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“We need your prayers, not just at Christmas time, but all year round because the risk is always there.”

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