Today is a Day of Celebration

2019-10-10T07:50:35+02:00October 10th, 2019|

Today is a day of celebration: Celebrating the inauguration of the newly restored church of Haret Saraya, destroyed by jihadists in 2012 Marmarita/Königstein. – Evening is falling in the Valley of the Christians. From its high vantage point the Crusader fortress, the Crac des Chevaliers, built in the 11th-12th century, looks [...]

Summer camps in Syria – “She felt her heart had begun to beat again”

2019-08-16T21:25:09+02:00July 30th, 2019|

In the course of 2019 the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) is supporting over 40 different projects for summer activities on behalf of the Christian communities in countries where they are a minority, experience discrimination or suffering as a result [...]

A mother, her son killed in the war, finds strength in her faith

2019-07-24T16:44:46+02:00July 24th, 2019|

Syria: a mother, her son killed in the war, finds strength in her faith: ‘our roots must be planted in God’ Yolla Ghandour, a Syrian-Armenian Catholic and mother of three, lives in Aleppo. She saw some of the worst fighting of the Syrian civil war. She talked to Aid to [...]

Syria: A vocation marked by the resurrection

2019-09-05T11:16:45+02:00April 15th, 2019|

I was born again after eight years! - the story of Fadi - a Syrian called to the service. Irmina Nockiewicz Almost 8 years after the outbreak of a devastating civil war, Fadi, a young Syrian man, relates to ACN how he heard the call to service. It was the [...]

SYRIA: The Bleeding Wound of Emigration

2019-04-13T07:24:19+02:00April 11th, 2019|

The number of Christians in Aleppo fell dramatically during the war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000 today. Joseph Tobji, Maronite Archbishop of Aleppo and shepherd of a small community of about 400 families, spoke with Pierre Macqueron of the pontifical foundation  Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). [...]

MIRIAM, The voice of Aleppo

2019-04-02T13:55:34+02:00April 2nd, 2019|

In Aleppo, the number of Christians shrank fivefold during the war. Now the economic crisis and the lack of professional employment opportunities are a source of anguish, especially for the young. The performers are a choir of 60 or so children and young people, supported by five musicians. It is [...]

Eighth Anniversary of the Outbreak of Civil War in Syria

2019-03-16T10:34:20+02:00March 15th, 2019|

How ACN is helping Christian families in Syria – 308 emergency aid projects. By Raquel Martin Today is the eighth anniversary of the outbreak of civil war in Syria. Friday, 15 March marks the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Syria. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid [...]

Christians in Syria divided on returning

2019-03-09T18:42:48+02:00March 9th, 2019|

A bad day for Selma. Today, the Syrian mother of three children had to watch her oldest son leave for Lebanon. “My son had to go because of the difficulties. It was hard to say goodbye,” she says, fighting back tears as she washes a few coffee cups. “I don’t [...]