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Islamist attacked church in Mozambique

August 22: A day to remember victims of violence based on religion


“Ever present news about acts of violence and harassment based on religion in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria or India continue to give ACN great cause for concern.”

Bishop Kukah: ‘genocide is happening in Nigeria’


“The inefficiency of the military has made the terrorists bolder and there are also issues of the complicity of the various levels of the military.”

Miara Shahbaz

Pakistan: for kidnapped Catholic girl, calamity in the courtroom


“With this ruling, no Christian girl in Pakistan is safe. It is unbelievable. What we have seen yesterday is an Islamic judgment. The arguments we put forward were very strong and cogent.”

Interior of Al-Tahira

Iraq: a beacon of hope for Christians of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plains


“The church is the fruit of the work and contributions of people’s fathers and grandfathers. Every Christian here feels that the church is part of their blood, their history and their heritage.”

Danaged Blood of Christ

In Nicaragua, arson targets a cathedral


“These attacks against the faith of the Catholic people need to be carefully analyzed, in order to expose the ideological and physical perpetrators of this macabre and sacrilegious act.”

Poster shows Jadeem Joseph

Pakistan: Christian man is murdered for living in a Muslim neighborhood


“What kind of mentality is this? I really have no answer for it. I don’t know if people in the West can understand what a difficult situation we [Christians] have to face here on account of our faith.”

In Pakistan, hope for kidnapped Catholic girl forced to marry Muslim captor


“If the police and the courts know that people in the West are paying attention, they will be under more pressure to follow the law rather than give into extremist groups who are not favorable to Christians.”

Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung

Seoul’s cardinal announces the consecration of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima


“North Korea is widely considered the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.” The profession of Christianity, which is seen as “Western,” is “severely punished” in the country.

Turkey: nationalism, not religion, drives the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque


“Ayasofya is a nationalist question. The return serves no purpose from a cultural point of view since Istanbulites have far more mosques than they need, many of them huge and magnificent.”

Restored Cathedral of St. Elijah

Gravely damaged in war, Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo rises from the ashes


“It sends a message to the parishioners and Christians in Aleppo—and the world—that we are still in this country despite our dwindling numbers. The restoration of the cathedral is proof of this.”

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Devastation in beirut

“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.