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

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“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.”

EU to reinstate Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion at crucial time

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“The stakes were very high, with many human rights under threat since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly religious freedom curtailed in many countries.”

In Ukraine, serving at bedside, a priest brings God’s love to COVID-19 patients

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“I tell them that Jesus Christ is very close to them in their suffering, for he suffered some of the same symptoms as those fighting the disease; he too struggled to breathe.”

Sisters of the Congregation of St. Elizabeth

In Siberia, women religious provide vital care for the most vulnerable

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“We pray that these from a human perspective terrible times, will help us  all people to grow in faith, in hope and in love for God and our neighbors.”

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.

Conquering hate with love—70th anniversary of the ‘Miracle of Vinkt’

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“I did not beg them for bacon, money or clothing. I only begged for love and at the very end I asked whether they would join me in praying for their suffering brothers in Germany. They prayed with tears in their eyes.”

Istanbul: Could the former basilica of Hagia Sophia again become a mosque?

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“The ‘Christian people’ of Turkey’ are extremely cautious, given what they have been through.”

In Ukraine, women religious are on the frontline in battle against COVID-19

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“I know that many people are praying for us, for the doctors and all the staff, and we are very grateful for this. Please continue to pray for us, so that we do not lose our strength.”

ACN: 30 years of collaboration with the bishop of Novosibirsk, Russia

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“There was a parish in Novosibirsk, a single parish for the entire city, a metropolis of almost 1.5 million residents.”

In Turkey, ‘Christians are losing everything they own’

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“The people feel as though they are being ‘dispossessed’ without legal recourse. They are losing everything they own without an actual legal basis. They are losing everything Christians have worked for over the course of history.”

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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.”