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For one young Maronite protester, hope for a better future for Lebanon

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“Seeing people from different ages, different backgrounds, different religions and from all over Lebanon, all united together against this corrupt system—that’s all I needed to regain my hope in the Lebanon I dream of.”

In one Indian diocese, 26,000 students pray rosary together—joining many thousands worldwide

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In keeping with the promise of Saint Padre Pio—“When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change”—the campaign is intended to strengthen the faith through the power of children’s prayers.

Nicaragua’s ongoing political, economic crisis is hampering the training of priests

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“What most impresses me is that there are people on the other side of the world who are helping us, people whom we will undoubtedly never meet or get to know. They are helping because we are all one Church, united in love of the Kingdom of God.”

In South Sudan, a priest says he ‘was ready for new mission’ in a troubled land

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According to official statistics, about three quarters of all inhabitants of South Sudan over 15 years of age are illiterate. The priest soon realized that “education is the key to eliminating the recurring tensions in the populace. Education will bring peace!”

In Haiti, bishops call on government for urgent action to quell ‘fratricidal warfare’

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Bishop Jean said that “despite our repeated pleas for nearly two years, Haiti’s politicians have not responded. In July 2018 we already had a big crisis and the government did nothing. But the other political parties should also work on a solution. The worst thing is that the different factions are not open to any dialogue.”

Amazon synod: ‘indigenous peoples have had God with them for a long time’

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“We are going to have to ask for many prayers so that we can have the gift of discernment. We have considered the reality of the situation in Amazonia and have listened to the clamor of its peoples, who are expressing their unhappiness. Above all we will be listening to what the Holy Spirit wishes to say to the Churches in the Amazon region.”

Diocese in Cameroon is hard hit by violence triggered by country’s political crisis

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ACN’s sources report that state security forces have entered Catholic medical centers with firearms in search of suspected pro-independence fighters undergoing treatment.

ACN calls on children around the world to pray for peace and unity—annual campaign

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“It has truly become a prayer campaign of the World Church, which not only moves the hearts of children, but also those of adults and blazes a trail to peace!”

On his visit to Mauritius, Pope Francis ‘will unify the mosaic that makes up our island

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“There are some tensions at times, certainly, but generally we get along well. Our little island society could even be cited as an example of amicable relations between the different faith communities.”

In Madagascar, Pope Francis will visit island nation mired in poverty, division

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“At a broader level there is a mentality of entrenched thinking, of institutionalized corruption, which continues to undermine the future of Magascar.”

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