"In some of the villages of Niger, people even thought I must have been white at birth, because I was Catholic!" 

By Maria Lozano

A delegation from the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) travelled last week to the states of Borno, Jos and Kaduna, in the North of Nigeria in order to inform themselves of the situation and show solidarity with the Christians of the region, in the face of the tensions and violence in these parts of the country with a Muslim majority.  

Last Saturday (25th March), Cardinal Miroslav Vlk was laid to rest in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Thousands of people paid their last respects to a shepherd whom the Communists would have liked to silence.   

By Murcadha O Flaherty

A NINE-DAY programme of prayer commenced on Thursday, 30th March at a London church for a priest held captive by Islamist extremist group Daesh (ISIS). 

The Syriac Catholic Bishop, the Chaldean Catholic Bishop and two Syriac Orthodox bishops signed an agreement in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to help Christians rebuild their homes, destroyed by ISIS in 2014.   

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