SOUTH SUDAN  – Christian refugee children must recite Islamic prayers before receiving food -ACN Malta
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SOUTH SUDAN  – Christian refugee children must recite Islamic prayers before receiving food -ACN Malta

SOUTH SUDAN Christian refugee children must recite Islamic prayers before receiving food   Christian children in Sudan’s refugee camps are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. A contact, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, described...

MYANMAR – Thousands of Christians flee the country to escape persecution – ACN Malta
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MYANMAR – Thousands of Christians flee the country to escape persecution – ACN Malta

MYANMAR Thousands of Christians flee to escape persecution   Tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to abandon their homes in Myanmar and take refuge in other countries to escape the long-running campaign of persecution. More than 100,000 Myanmar Christians are now refugees in Malaysia. “Myanmar isn’t safe for us. They killed people, sent...

Pope Francis says all Iraqis must work for unity  –  ACN Malta
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Pope Francis says all Iraqis must work for unity  –  ACN Malta

Pope Francis says all Iraqis must work for unity     Pope Francis told Chaldean Catholic Church leaders at their annual synod that in view of the new apprehensions arising from increasing political instability, they must work urgently to promote unity at all levels of society. He stressed that unity “is necessary now more than...

NIGERIA –  Italian missionary priest abducted – ACN Malta
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NIGERIA – Italian missionary priest abducted – ACN Malta

NIGERIA Italian missionary priest abducted   An Italian priest of the Diocese of Rome who was working in Nigeria as a missionary was abducted last Thursday.  Don Maurizio Pallù, 63, was heading to Benin City, in the south of the country, along with four other people. They were stopped by an armed group that stole...

IRAQ  – Bishops’ statement – Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis – ACN International
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IRAQ – Bishops’ statement – Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis – ACN International

Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis   Church leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence. Following the referendum, which could see the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) area seceding from northern Iraq, five senior Catholic and Orthodox...

CHINA – Christians fear new regulations will further restrict religious activities  – ACN Malta
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CHINA – Christians fear new regulations will further restrict religious activities – ACN Malta

CHINA Christians fear new regulations will further restrict religious activities   Church officials are concerned about the newly revised religious affairs regulations released by the Chinese government, which Premier Li Keqiang announced will take effect on 1 Feb 2018. These are supposedly meant to protect national security, but Christians fear they will be used to...

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO  Holy See calls for action on Human Rights violations –  ACN Malta
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Holy See calls for action on Human Rights violations –  ACN Malta

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Holy See calls for action on Human Rights violations   Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, said that the Holy See remains seriously concerned by the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

MYANMAR – ‘Textbook ethnic cleansing… and the world simply stands idly by” –  George J. Marlin – Chairman ACN US
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MYANMAR – ‘Textbook ethnic cleansing… and the world simply stands idly by” – George J. Marlin – Chairman ACN US

MYANMAR ‘Textbook ethnic cleansing… and the world simply stands idly by”   Pope Francis is due to visit Myanmar in late November this year. Hopefully, his visit will help the country’s political leader Aung San Suu Kyi—who made such sacrifices for the cause of democracy—do more to help Myanmar’s embattled Muslim community. For many Rohingya,...