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International group of bishops reports back after trip to Holy Land

“We were welcomed by families whose focus is now day-to-day survival and whose aspirations have been reduced to bare essentials such as electricity and clean water.”

2020.01.18.

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.

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.

Archbishop highlights scandal of human trafficking

“Christians are called to make the connection between faith and earth, between theology and ecology, constructing common cause with those who challenge confinement and usher in freedom. This is where we will find Jesus Christ today” – Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2019.12.19.

Irish bishops to partake in annual pilgrimage to Holy Land this January

"The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine."

2019.12.14.

Red Wednesday in solidarity with persecuted

ACN points out that 80 per cent of people persecuted throughout the world are Christians. This amounts to 245 million Christians who face extreme persecution for their faith.

2019.11.28.

Dialogue to the fore in Northern Ireland

The event was organised by the Focolare Movement, inspired by Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one”.

2019.10.30.

Bishops of the Holy Land denounce anti-Christian intimidation

In their statement the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land have expressed sadness and sorrow over the criminal acts, which they say go unpunished despite numerous complaints.

2019.07.24.

Over 200 million Christians worldwide in constant risk of persecution

According to the Church in Chains Global Guide, the situation is noticeably worsening in India as Hindu extremists attack churches in rural areas every week and under President Xi’s religious clampdown in China.

2018.10.03.

Nigerian bishop warns of possible genocidal campaign

Bishop William Amove Avenya of Gboko has warned that escalating attacks on Christians by Fulani tribesmen could soon become another Rwanda.

2018.07.22.

Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

"A Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East."

2018.07.08.

Dublin exhibition on the churches and wayside shrines of Crete

“The churches and shrines of Loutro and Anopolis define their landscape, creating a very specific and complex network of buildings which, in turn, is a significant part of how local people define who they are.”

2018.03.14.

Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.

2018.02.27.

Palestinian President’s Christmas message

We call upon world Christians to listen to the true voices of the indigenous Christians from the Holy Land. The same voices that strongly rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital through their Heads of Churches. - President Abbas

2017.12.24.

Lord Mayor of Cork to launch new interfaith calendar

“Our aim is to increase people’s acceptance that there are different faiths present in Ireland today and help them understand that we can all live with and get on with each other.”

2017.12.12.

One in four in Britain who claim to have no religion admit to praying

The report, entitled ‘The “no religion” population of Britain’, explores recent data from two renowned nationally representative sources.

2017.06.24.

TDs urge government to declare ISIS actions as genocide

“There is now clear evidence that this genocide includes assassinations of Church leaders; mass murders; torture; kidnapping for ransom in the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria; sexual enslavement and systematic rape of Christian girls and women; forcible conversions to Islam; destruction of churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and Christian artifacts; and theft of lands and wealth from Christian clergy and laity alike.”

2017.05.04.

Christian are the most persecuted

“Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism,” states recent report.

2017.04.27.

Scripture Union launches NUA Films as a new way to explore your faith

This series will equip young people throughout Ireland – and beyond – to take an honest look at the questions they have about Jesus, the Bible, and what it means to be a Christian in the world today.

2017.03.13.

Many Christians in Middle East “feel abandoned” Archbishop of Jerusalem warns

Representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths in Ireland sign Joint Declaration on Holy Land and present it to Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

2016.12.13.

Bishop of Dromore launches report on religious persecution

The report is “imbued with a love and concern for the entire human family” – Bishop John McAreavey.

2016.12.09.

Religious freedom under threat, says ACN report

In many places in the Middle East multi-religious communities were the norm, but increasingly they are becoming mono-religious environments.

2016.11.27.

Primate cites NI peace process as an example of hope in Bethlehem

"We intensify our plea for mutual understanding and a just and lasting peace for this land which has known too much conflict, too much pain and division," Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Bethlehem's mayor.

2016.09.14.

Primate leads solidarity pilgrimage with Holy Land’s Christians

“Many of the Christians in the Holy Land feel isolated, alone and discouraged. They are fearful of being neglected or even forgotten."

2016.09.10.

Over 1,000 Christians rally against US Black Mass

Oklahoma City rally seeks to overpower darkness with light and “to stand against evil.”

2016.08.17.

Three men ordained priests in Iraqi refugee camp

Fr Momika, who is from Qaraqosh, noted how 6 August marked the exact two-year anniversary since ISIS attacked his hometown, driving out inhabitants who didn’t meet their demands to convert to Islam, pay a hefty tax or face death.

2016.08.10.

Iraq war a ‘tragedy’ for Christians in Middle East

“The attack on Christians has been immense. Pray for their safety in this chaotic situation” - Chaldean Archbishop Bashar M. Warda told the UK-based Release International.

2016.07.09.

Bishops restate solidarity with refugees & persecuted Christians

“Today our witness to the distress of refugees should be a call to action.”

2016.06.21.
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