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The Suffering Church

Iran: ‘a Church without martyrs would be like a tree without fruit’

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“Currently we are going through a new period of crisis, which began with the revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. All the Catholic schools and hospitals, which were part of our outreach, were closed, which considerably diminished our presence in society.”

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Catholic wounds need healing as radical Islam is on the rise

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The group that arguably suffered the most in the Bosnian war, and that continues to suffer, is the minority Croat Catholic community. Still today many Croatian villages in the heart of Bosnia, destroyed during the fighting, stand empty.

In hard-hit Brazil, help for priests aiding the most vulnerable caught up in the coronavirus pandemic

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“Recently we have made great efforts to raise funds, but it is now getting very difficult, since the people themselves have next to nothing,”

Episcopal letter from Aleppo, Syria—’I am happy this Pentecost’

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“Yet, despite everything, despite all successive, multiple sufferings and innumerable setbacks, coming home today I am aware of deep inside me being truly happy and satisfied!”

Pakistan: family of abducted Catholic girl, 14, takes case to High Court

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Nakash, the kidnapper, argues that, contrary to Pakistani law, which forbids marriage to minors, marrying Maira is sanctioned by Islamic custom which, he claims, says it is valid provided the girl has had her first period.

‘Please stay at home’—Iraqi Patriarch in urgent appeal as COVID-19 cases top 5,000

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako said the country’s medical services, still shattered after the 2003 collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime, are already in crisis, with coronavirus cases topping 5,000.

The first church built on state-owned land in Havana—and dedicated to St. John Paul II—is almost a reality

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“The work has been delayed by various cyclones and a hurricane, to say nothing of the tremendous difficulty in trying to get hold of the building materials. But now we can see our dream already almost fulfilled.”

In northern Iraq, hope that the pandemic will boost spirit of love

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“[Christ] managed to resurrect the dead and heal all kinds of disease. Our belief in him is great. He can end our crisis. And perhaps these difficult circumstances will reconcile us with God.”

For Christians in Pakistan, pandemic lockdown spells hunger, hardship

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The emergency program will provide food parcels to more than 5000 of the poorest families, families that were already living below the poverty threshold before the pandemic.

With eye on pandemic, ACN launches new emergency aid program for Syrian Christians

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Many people in Syria have already reached the end of their strength, as a result of the war and the ongoing economic sanctions. But now they have to face a new enemy, the coronavirus.

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Words of Comfort and Hope

“This brief note is to let you know that we, the monks in Sri Lanka, are praying for the whole world every day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm before the Blessed Sacrament. And as we pray for the whole world, we have not forgotten you at ACN; you and your loved ones are also remembered in a special way. We pray that the Good Lord may protect you, your loved ones from this pandemic as we believe in a God who is good.”