The Suffering Church

Kiro Khalil

Egypt: ‘I feel pity for the perpetrators’ of church attack


“These people have blood on their hands. How can a person live with that burden of guilt?”

Cardinal Piacenza

This Christmas, to ‘kneel in silent adoration’


“If we were to apply this virtue of humility every day in our relationships with others, we would always have peace in our hearts.”

Archbishop Chahda

In Aleppo, Syria, a Mass in gratitude for ACN donors


“Your support makes the families stay in the country.”

Bishop labels killing of Christian farmers in Nigeria’s Middle Belt ‘calculated genocide’


“It appears as though what is happening here is part of a grand conspiracy. Our national government has not shown convincing signs of real commitment to end the carnage.”

Memorial procession for victims who died at sea

Venezuelan diocese mourns drowning victims


“Sadly, we cannot stop the practice, and as a result many families from here, from our diocese and from Venezuela generally, are left mourning their loved ones.”

Georgette and Charbel

In Lebanon, a daily struggle to feed three grandchildren


“The situation of the Christians in Lebanon is uncertain, but Jesus is always with us and nobody can throw us out from here.”

Imran Masih

In Pakistan, Imran finally walks free after 11 years


“The question I must ask is who is responsible for his having to spend more than 11 years behind bars for a crime he never committed.”

l-r Ramesh Bashir, Naz Bano, Bashir Emmanuel

Pakistani Catholic family prays for canonization of martyred son


“He was ready to sacrifice his life if God gave him a chance to protect others.”

Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh

In Syria, the passing of a fighter for hope


“I was raised an orphan; the Church was my mother. Now all of us in Syria feel like orphans.”

Archbishop Warda

Pope’s visit to Iraq will offer local Church a lifeline


“The visit will not just be important for the Christians, but for all the minorities of Iraq, including the Yazidis with whom we have shared so much pain in these last years.”

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