Father Paul Gomes of the cathedral Parish of the Good Shepherd, to which Kolimnagar belongs, has turned to ACN with a request for help. The new church will be used not only for Holy Mass and other liturgical celebrations, but also for catechetical and other pastoral programs and gatherings aimed at helping the people to deepen their faith and live a truly Christian life.
“The building of this church has been extremely important to us. We have no words to thank you for the fact that our dream has now come true.” A devoted faithful and parishioner from Brazil
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In September 2017, vast areas of Cuba were struck by Hurricane Irma. The island was pounded by winds gusting up to 160 miles an hour, torrential rainfall, tidal surges with waves of up to 30 feet and widespread flooding. Many of the Catholic dioceses in the country have also suffered from this natural disaster, and many of the people have been forced to stand helpless at the sight of their damaged homes and churches.
Attacks against Christians are a regular occurrence in Pakistan today. Almost every priest in the country has at some time received anonymous threatening phone calls or letters. Even the bishops of the country receive threatening letters, demanding that they convert to Islam.
There is a small Catholic community living in Kizilorda in the southwest of Kazakhstan, a town with a population of some 270,000 people. Most of the local Catholics are people of German, Polish and Lithuanian extraction. For the past 10 years, they have been ministered to by a Catholic priest who travels regularly from the town of Shymkent, a little over 300 miles away.