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Christians are “all marked men and women”, Nigerian bishop warns

Are we in a war? Yes. But what would Christ have us do? The only way He has pointed out to us is the non-violent way. It is the road less travelled, but it is the only way, said Bishop Matthew Kukah.

2020.02.21.

Court rules men can marry minors in Pakistan

These laws are formulated and approved only to improve the image of the country in front of the international community, ask for development funds, and freely trade Pakistani products on the European market – lawyer, Tabassum Yousaf.

2020.02.07.

Nigerian seminarian killed

Michael Nnadi was one of four seminarians who were abducted on the evening of 8 January from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna city.

2020.02.06.

Allegedly abducted, Catholic teenager set to make legal history

"Please think of our child as though she were your own daughter. Please help us," – Huma's parents.

2020.01.24.

Four seminarians abducted in Nigeria have been identified 

Abductions in the state have become “a big business” though some kidnappings are for religious reasons, – Rev John Joseph Hayab.

2020.01.17.

Bishop calls out Nigerian and Western governments for allowing attacks on Christians

“Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people," Bishop Kukah.

2020.01.10.

Execution video of 11 Christians claimed by group linked to IS

"These baptized are martyrs. They have not betrayed the Gospel," - Cardinal Sarah.

2020.01.03.

Syrian family move home for Christmas after 8 years of flight

“For me, returning home is like being reborn. I can’t even begin to describe the joy I am feeling," - Elias Ghattas.

2019.12.27.

Christmas parcels go to 19,000 children in Syria this year

For the eighth year running, ACN is providing Christmas parcels for displaced children, including warm clothes, shoes, toys, devotional items and other essentials.

2019.12.20.

Bishop threatens “boys” who want to kidnap him with excommunication

"Until the population dialogues with their children and gives me a written guarantee of the safety of the pastors who work for them, the parishes will remain without pastors,” - Bishop Nkea.

2019.12.13.

African bishop criticises West’s sales ethics, government and media

“Evidently, many of the Western powers have an interest in seeing the violence continue, and their profits are more important than our lives” – Bishop Kientega.

2019.12.06.

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Liturgy of Witness

Eighty percent of all acts of religious persecution around the world today are being committed against Christians – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.29.

ACN book launch takes place this evening

Everybody will have an opportunity to have a direct encounter with witnesses — that is, people who have directly experienced violence in defending their faith — and that’s a rare opportunity for people in Ireland - Dr Michael Kinsella.

2019.11.29.

Eyewitness account of Christian persecutions to be given in Enniscorthy

“Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria have been facing an ongoing onslaught from extremists wanting to eradicate the Christian Faith.”

2019.11.26.

4,305 Christians killed for their faith between 2017 and 2019

Bishop Michael Router launched ‘Week of Witness’ in St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh on Sunday and invited Christians to stand in solidarity with the "heroic example of our persecuted brothers and sisters in faith across the world".

2019.11.25.

“Week of Witness” for persecuted Christians

We will provide the opportunity for the faithful to gather as a community and pray not only for persecuted Christians – but also for the persecutors of Christians (ACN Ireland).

2019.11.12.

Aid to the Church in Need helps restore Christian presence in Iraq

Christians in Iraq, who numbered 1.5 million before 2003, have declined by 90 per cent within a generation.

2019.11.06.

“Hail Mary” voted Ireland’s favourite prayer

“The fact that both of the final prayers are so familiar points to the importance of the traditional prayers as a source of comfort.”

2019.09.21.

New UN Day of remembrance for victims of sectarianism must lead to concrete action, says ACN

International reports on religious freedom confirm time and again that Christians are the most persecuted group, says ACN.

2019.08.23.

Violence against Christians near genocidal levels, states UK report

“It is an encouragement that these issues are finally being recognised at the right level.”

2019.07.11.

Armagh remembers Oliver Plunkett in triduum of prayer

New statue in Armagh Cathedral honours martyrs of the past, present and future.

2019.07.08.

Christians targeted in deadly Burkina Faso attack

The west African nation has a history of religious tolerance, but there has been a spate of anti-Christian attacks this year.

2019.05.13.

Stop the genocide, says priest in appeal to Nigerian government

More than 130 mainly Christian Adara people have been killed and more than 10,000 Adara have fled seeking safety in refugee camps.

2019.03.24.

On Red Wednesday, Primate urges Christians in Ireland to be brave

Findings of ACN report on Religious Freedom in 2018 that “religious freedom is slipping down the human rights priority rankings, being eclipsed by issues of gender, sexuality and race”, are troubling.

2018.11.30.

Ahead of Red Wednesday “horrific reality” of persecuted Christians highlighted

“We state definitively that those who do not respect freedom of thought, conscience and religion must be held to account” – Chair of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alan McGuckian.

2018.11.27.

Children invited to pray the Rosary this Thursday

‘If a million children pray the Rosary together, then the world will change.’ - St Padre Pio.

2018.10.15.

Verdict in Asia Bibi’s appeal deferred until next week

Pakistani Christian mother has been locked up in solitary confinement since 2010 after she was condemned to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.

2018.10.09.

Go2Mass for those who can’t – ACN organises international solidarity campaign

ACN is running a Go2Mass campaign where Catholics go to an extra Mass to pray for one of the 200 million Christians who are facing the threat of persecution or even death for their faith.

2018.09.22.

Warning over Pakistan’s failure to protect Christian women

Catholic lawyer Tabassum Yousaf highlights case of 18-year-old Binish Paul who was allegedly thrown from the roof of a second storey building after refusing to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim.

2018.09.18.

Syrian Archbishop accuses Kurds of discrimination

“The Kurdish officials had assured us that they would not even look at the private [Catholic] schools, but they not only looked at them, they closed them.”

2018.09.05.
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