The Voice of the suffering and persecuted​

For a Catholic single mother in Pakistan, life is very difficult


“After my husband’s death, life became harder, more laborious. It was very difficult to raise our children without his support, so I decided to get out of the house and found work as a maid. Being a woman, I face many hurdles and challenges while on the job; it is hard to provide necessities for the family.”

For a Catholic family in Pakistan, poverty is a bitter reality


“Because of the good people God sent to us, I am able to participate in a pre-medical program at a college. I face religious discrimination there, as the school is Muslim, but I know that God is with me. … It is my deep desire to become a doctor and help the poor, so no one dies like my father did.”

Christians in need celebrate Christmas with quiet joy


“CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the longing for our better self, for the heaven we search for in vain here on Earth, and for the carefree life that exists only in heaven.”

Report: aggressive nationalism is fueling religious hatred—West is failing to act


The report—noting that respect for religious freedom is on the decline worldwide—finds that 61 percent of the world’s population live in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied outright.

Iraq: Church leaders urge more support for Christians resettling on the Nineveh Plains


Funding is falling short, the statement said, noting that “there is still a lot to do” to facilitate the return of Christians “to their respective ancestral communities from which they were expelled” as ISIS swept through the region in the summer of 2014.

In Pakistan, ‘Christians are a community of the very poor, living in conditions of semi-slavery’


“Our people have a very simple but very strong faith. Despite the problems of access to education and the lack of opportunities, the people are faithful to the Gospel, and our churches are full. Some 90 percent of Catholic Christians attend Mass every Sunday, and many also go to Mass during the week.”

Nigerian bishop denounces government inaction in face of Fulani attacks


“The Fulani … have been supplied with modern weapons of a kind not used by simple herdsmen. We need to ask who is behind this.”

In Nigeria, conversion was dream come true


“I encourage Catholics everywhere to remain steadfast: I have been lonely, and I have experienced many ups and downs. But I keep the faith, and everything I feel, I share with God in my prayers. It pays to be righteous.”

Pope lights candle for peace in Syria—launch of ACN’s Advent campaign


“May this prayer make them feel the closeness of God, who is faithful, and touch every conscience to bring about a sincere commitment to peace. May God, our Lord, forgive those who make war, those who make weapons to destroy each other. We pray for peace in beloved Syria.”

Churches around the world go red in support of religious freedom


“We are therefore inviting people throughout the world to stand up together with ACN in defense of religious freedom and make a visible gesture of solidarity.”

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