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Service in Sri Lanka

Easter morning suicide bombings of churches, hotels in Sri Lanka kill more than 250

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In a message to ACN donors, Bishop Mendis said that “we need your prayers that peace and harmony may be restored to our country.” He concluded: “As an act of solidarity, we must pray for all Christians who are suffering because of their faith.”

In Pakistan, state schools are a harsh environment for Christians

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“Despite what I’ve experienced, I believe that I will be successful. And when I worry, I recite Psalm 23; I always carry a rosary with me as well.”

Fire gravely damages Notre-Dame: ‘watch, pray, do not be discouraged’

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Guided by this hope, as the Easter Triduum draws near, ACN invites all to watch and pray, for the Church in France and for the Universal Church; to watch and pray at the foot of the cross, at the side of Our Lady—and not be discouraged.

Church in Syria suffers ‘bleeding wound’ of emigration

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“We have to strengthen the faith of the people, anchor them in this country, and encourage them to be witnesses of Christ, to be the salt of the earth and light of the world: we cannot allow our presence here to become insignificant.”

Nicaragua: a Church on the side of the people works for peace

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“The Church is accompanying the process of dialogue that was initiated after the protests, but as a service to the country. We are not interested in power, but in supporting the efforts for peace, without looking for any benefit other than the good of the country.”

Bishop accuses Gulf States of seeking control of Central African Republic

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“Thousands of mercenaries, most of them foreigners, have invaded the country from the north aided by the Gulf States and by Chad and with the complicity of other countries, such as Sudan and Niger. Their aim is to divide up the country and they are helping themselves like pitiless predators to the mineral wealth of the country.”

In Venezuela, with medicines lacking or too costly, a doctor laments: ‘We are simply watching people die’

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In her moving account, the doctor describes how, after cleaning up the wound, she went looking for the little girl’s father to explain to him the gravity of his daughter’s condition; she found him kneeling on the floor, weeping.

Iraqi prelate waits, longs for better times for his Church and his people

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“However, we still lack the funds to complete the reconstruction of all the homes that were very badly damaged or completely destroyed; we are waiting and hoping that governments, like those of the United Kingdom and Hungary, will step in and help us on this front.”

In Ukraine, ‘people are yearning for oases of peace’ as conflict with Russia drags on

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“My impression is that the young people who discover this community for themselves no longer want to leave their country, in spite of all the difficulties. They want to remain and make a difference.”

In Nigeria, recent death toll of Christians attacked by Fulani stands at 130

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“We cannot remain silent in the face of these gruesome killings and deliberate agenda to annihilate Adara people, whose only crime is being natives.”

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Religious FREEDOM

IN THE WORLD

REPORT 2021

Executive Summary