A NEWLY ORDINATED priest has described returning with the Blessed Sacrament to his home village in northern Iraq after it was finally liberated from Daesh (ISIS) extremists. Father Martin Banni, who as a seminarian in August 2014 fled Karamlesh holding the Blessed Sacrament, reported to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) how he had just gone back to the village in the Nineveh Plains, carrying the Sacred Host.
Fr Philippe Blot, who belongs to the congregation of Paris priests committed to serve in foreign missions, has visited North Korea on several occasions, taking considerable risks. He spoke late last month at an ACN event in Paris.
Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut has called on Christian believers throughout the world to pray for the victims and families of the victims of the suicide bomb attacks on two Coptic Orthodox churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday yesterday (9 April), which claimed the lives of at least 44 people and have left a further 120 or more wounded. He added that he himself has received numerous messages from all over the world, following the attacks, promising prayers and sympathy for him and for all the Christians of Egypt. "Prayer is the most important thing we can ask for at this time", he told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
"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.