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Pakistan: Human traffickers prey on Christian girls drawn by false promises

In Pakistan, arranged marriage is a common practice. Human trafficking groups regularly take advantage of the custom to pose as "matchmakers" for Chinese men. They entrap Christian girls-and their oft...

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Islamist attacks – Christians in northern Burkina Faso are being attacked, expelled and murdered, village by village

According to sources close to the international Catholic charity and pastoral foundation ACN, the Christian population in the north of Burkina Faso are currently being exterminated or expelled from th...

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Amazon synod: “The indigenous peoples have had God with them for a long time”

The Synod for Amazonia will be taking place from 6 to 27 October at the Vatican. It is a synod that has caught the attention not only of Catholics but of all the world. Mgr Neri José Tondello is...

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Children worldwide pray for peace and unity in the world

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is calling for all children worldwide to take part in the joint campaign “One Million Children Praying the Rosary...

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Liberia: Spiritual recovery times for priests

From 1989 through till 2003 Liberia went through one of the bloodiest civil wars on the African continent. To this day this West African nation has still not fully recovered from it. More than two thi...

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Repairing a damaged boat in the diocese of Lisala, in the Congo River basin

The diocese of Lisala is one of the oldest and – with an area of over 24,000 square miles (67,600 km²) – at the same time one of the most geographically extensive in the Democratic Republic of th...

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Romania: Support for 50 for seminarians in Oradea

The Greek-Catholic diocese of Oradea continues to rejoice at the high number of new priestly vocations. One of the most important factors contributing to this is the intensive family apostolate of the...

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India: a new water well for a boarding school run by Italian sisters in the diocese of Eluru

The Daughters of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple are an Italian congregation, founded in the 19th century. Their particular mission is the care of children and young girls, and the c...

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The Amazon Synod: “We need to move from a ‘Church that visits’ to a ‘Church that remains’.”

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, scheduled for 6 - 27 October this year, has attracted the attention not only of faithful Catholics but of the entire world. The agenda for t...

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ACN’s Syria campaign: After 6000 rosaries, the Pope also blessed a Marian icon

On the same day that the 6000 rosaries blessed earlier, on 15 August, by the Pope were distributed in the parishes of Syria, Pope Francis also blessed the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother...

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Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. ACN supports every year an average of 5000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.