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Episcopal letter from Aleppo, Syria—’I am happy this Pentecost’

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“Yet, despite everything, despite all successive, multiple sufferings and innumerable setbacks, coming home today I am aware of deep inside me being truly happy and satisfied!”

With eye on pandemic, ACN launches new emergency aid program for Syrian Christians

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Many people in Syria have already reached the end of their strength, as a result of the war and the ongoing economic sanctions. But now they have to face a new enemy, the coronavirus.

In northeastern Syria, Christians are caught between war planes and COVID-19

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“Christians are loved in the region, especially since the humanitarian organizations are all Christian, and they provide 80 percent of their aid to Muslims. Going to church, ringing bells is possible as it has always been.”

In Aleppo, Syria, COVID-19 adds to ongoing suffering, especially for the poor

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“The number of Christian families, of all denominations, in Aleppo before the war stood at around 30,000. Now that figure has fallen to around 10,000.”

From a nun in Syria, a message of hope and faith in the time of the coronavirus

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“To all our ACN donors, we say very sincerely: ‘Thank you for your enormous generosity. You have helped us for so many years and continue to do so.’”

Christians in Syria continue to face brutal circumstances

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“It’s horrible, people can no longer buy anything to eat. Some people survive on bread and water. I would like to ask people to join us to pray for these people who are in such a situation.”

Syria, a country in agony, is ‘living an anticipated Lenten fast’

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The situation is so serious for some families that they can “barely afford to buy food and there is a shortage of fuel for heating the houses; the electricity supply is interrupted almost every day and people’s money is worth less and less each month.”

This Christmas, ACN donors bring smiles to 19,000 children in Syria

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“[ACN] brings smiles to more than 19,000 children all over Syria because of your Christmas gifts.”

In Homs, Syria, a Christian family finally goes home for Christmas

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“I can’t even begin to describe the joy I am feeling. After so much suffering and uncertainty, I feel safe again. I am filled with hope for a better life. Christmas reminds me of the feeling of security that comes from being in a family.”

Aid specialist warns that Christians in Iraq and Syria face new risk of genocide

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“Christians are the soul of the country and they play a very important role in Middle Eastern societies. They are the peacemakers. Christians work for peace and peaceful co-existence and collaboration for the good of the country.”

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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.”