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Indonesia: the life of a Catholic teen in an ocean of Muslims

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“I am happy to live my life as a young Catholic. Although we are a minority—with people around us who are all Muslims—we can live together.”

For Indian Catholic, bitter memories a decade after deadly Hindu violence

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“Though so many died and despite all the destruction of property, no one betrayed Christ. We stood firm in our faith. We were able to face this terror only because God was with us. “

In Aleppo, Syria, a Christian family stays put in the face of hardship

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He attributes his family’s survival to the aid of the Melkite Church, the work of the bishops and priests: “They have done great work in the humanitarian field. They provide cash aid and monthly food baskets, which is how we survived these past six years.”

In Pakistan, Catholic teenager prays for peace, security

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“We are considered the lowest ranking members of society, people with whom Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink. School text books paint a terrible picture of Christians, too.”

Wartime in Aleppo: ‘many days were like living in a movie’

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“I have two older brothers, both of whom have gone abroad, the first as an immigrant to Canada, and the second is waiting in Lebanon for his papers so that he can go to Europe. Now, my mother, my father and I are living together, hoping for their return. Honestly, I feel that I have started to hate Europe because it has stolen from us friends and loved ones; it has robbed us of the sight of them. Yet, my faith is great, and I feel that all will return, even after many years.”

From Colombia, a story of forgiveness without limits

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“On May 19, 2005, attending to my son’s vault in a mausoleum I felt a need to look up, and I saw a sculpture depicting the Pietà. I said to the Virgin: ‘Madrecita (dear Mother), forgive me for crying for my son, when I should stay calm because I had the blessing of being a mother.’”

In a Rio favela, a 12-year-old girl has bullet-proof faith

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LAÍS MARIA PEREIRA da Silva, 12, was born and raised in a part of Rio de Janeiro called Complexo da Maré , which comprises one …

In Pakistan, God shines a light into Catholic girl’s fearful existence

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“There are Christians in the West? I thought that only Muslims were living in the West; but if that is so why do those Christians not come here to relieve our problems and suffering?”

In Nigeria, confrontation with deadly violence leaves Catholic teen in grip of fear

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“I pray that one day I will regain my self-confidence and overcome my fear and go back to school once again.”

Attacked by Muslim mob, Coptic woman is still living a nightmare

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“I no longer feel safe and I am terrified for the safety and future of my grandchildren and sons. Fear keeps me up late every night. I want my children and grandchildren to leave Egypt.”

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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.