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Red Wednesday 28th November 2018 - Make a Stand for Faith and Freedom

Persecution against Christians in the worlds worst-affected regions has reached a new peak, the impact of which is only now beginning to be felt in all its horror.

Join people from around the world on Wednesday 28th November – #RedWednesday, and stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and faith minorities who suffer unjustly for their peacefully-held beliefs. Let’s spread the word and use social media to make #RedWednesday 2018 a campaign that cannot be ignored.

From Inverness to the Philippines, from the U.S.A. to Iraq, #Redwednesday events took place last year to draw attention to the persecution of Christians and other faiths because of their beliefs.

Make a Stand for Faith and Freedom on Wednesday 28th November 2018:

ACN 20180119 66938MANILA: Youth in the Philipines say a prayer for persecuted Christians in 2017.

International Annual Report 2017

Over the past year, the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need maintained a high level of donations which has been documented in the organisation’s 2017 Annual Report released following attestation by the auditing firm KPMG.

The report shows that the total sum of donations, legacies and other income was over AUD$182 million ($182,736,571 to be exact). The largest part of the donated funds (82.5%) was used to finance mission related expenses. The main share served to fund 5,357 projects in 149 countries. Of the mission-related expenses, 16% served to raise awareness for the cause of the suffering church, media work and advocacy work with political institutions.

NIGERIA - "If you kill a cow the herdsmen will retaliate by attacking everything that belongs to you... burning houses, killing families, and destroying crops

Nigeria – The roots of a conflict with social and religious ramifications 

Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos, capital of the Plateau State, spoke to ACN - Canada about one of the main conflicts in his country: the one between the Fulani herdsmen (nomads and majority Moslems), and the farmers (sedentary and predominantly Christian). 

Mons. Kaigama (a veteran and fervent defender of peace) shared his knowledge on the conflict which requires a skillful and human dialogue, in an ever-increasing quest for the common good.

Mons. Kaigama

ACN: Bishop Kaigama, could you explain what has changed in this conflict that has been going on for a few years?

Msgr Kaigama: The question of the herdsmen [referring here to the herding of cattle] who are mainly Fulani, and that of the farmers has become very complicated. Farmers cultivate their land using manual methods. When crops grow, they complain that the Fulani cows come and eat them. This situation is very worrying for them, as it deprives them of their main means of subsistence and generates strong tensions between the two communities. In retaliation, farmers attack the cows. Cows are worth more than anything to the Fulani. Also, if you kill a cow, if you attack them, the herdsmen will retaliate by attacking everything that belongs to you. Sometimes they go so far as to burn houses, kill families, and destroy crops. This is a very serious problem that we see especially in the northern part of Nigeria.

Crisis in Venezuela – Another priest shot dead in order to steal his car

The extremely grave situation for priests in Venezuela continues to be one of the major concerns of the pontifical foundation ACN.

Yet another priest has been murdered in Venezuela in the wave of violence that has swept across the country. Father Irailuis García of the parish of Our Lady of Fatima was shot three times by intruders who stole his van in the grounds of his presbytery on Tuesday 9 July. His death was confirmed in a communiqué from the diocese of Barquisimeto, in the northeast of the country, which at the same time appealed for prayers for his soul.

Father Irailuis García of the parish of Our Lady of Fatima. He was shot three times by intruders who stole his van in the grounds of his presbytery on Tuesday 9 July 2018 - Image Credit: Conferencia Episcopal Venezuela

 

Christians in India Suffer from Discrimination by Fundamentalist Hindus

These tribals celebrate Holy Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church in Mangalpur. The old Church was burnt by Hindu radicals in 1993. The spark of the violence was the unjust accusation of the then parish priest of having eaten cow. Only in 2015 the new Church could be finished, thanks to the support of ACN. Now about 200 people come to Mass on Sundays.

During his visit to the international headquarters of Catholic pastoral charity "Aid to the Church in Need“, Bishop Thomas Paulsamy of the Indian diocese of Dindigul reveals his extreme disappointment following an increase in violent attacks back home. In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu Christians are complaining about increasing violence and discrimination by fundamentalist Hindus. Only last week, about 20,000 Christians of various denominations in at least 16 towns took to the streets to demonstrate against anti-Christian aggression. Since the start of the year, there have been reports of more than 15 cases involving violent attacks in Tamil Nadu but the suppression of the Christian minority in mostly from Hindu believers. Discrimination is also intensifying in other parts of the country.

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