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Father Lufti (Custodian of the Holy Land (ACN))

Syria: Friars are caring for Christians living under Sharia law


“Those extremists have often persecuted, attacked, beaten, tortured and even murdered some of our brothers and sisters.”

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.”

Eldery Christian residents in Damascus

Plight of poorest Christian families in Damascus is worsening


“The worsening plight of the people has forced me to get involved in the social sphere in order to help the poor and the suffering.”

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


“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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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’


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.”

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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.