Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is sponsoring 32 new projects in Syria, at a total cost of AUD $2.9 million, for the restoration of the material and spiritual life of the Christian population there.

  • Children, women and the sick will be among the first to benefit from the aid programmes
  • Three cathedrals are included in the seven reconstruction projects happening in Aleppo

    Image: A man praying amid the ruins of the Armenian Catholic cathedral.© Ismael Martinez Sanchez / Aid to the Church in Need

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The Consequences of Becoming a Christian in India: 

In India the Dalits are discriminated against and treated as second class citizens by the majority Hindu population. Dalit means "broken people."  The Dalits were formerly known as "untouchables." The Dalits live at the bottom of India's rigid social order known as the caste system. Many Dalits who convert to Christianity are then further discriminated and oppressed by the Government.

 

SHE WAS THROWN FROM A SECOND STOREY ROOF AFTER REFUSING TO CONVERT TO ISLAM

Binish Paul is 18 years old and a Christian. She attends public school in Pakistan. On 22 August, a young Muslim by the name of Taheer Abbas threw her from the second storey roof because she had refused to marry him and convert to Islam. This is another example of violence being used to force conversion, explained Binish Paul’s solicitor Tabassum Yousaf in an interview with the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

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National Marian Shrine in Mariamabad, one of Pakistan's oldest Catholic settlements.
Located about 80 km from Punjab's capital of Lahore.
Photographer: Johannes Klausa
Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.

The month of September 2017 will not be easy to forget for the Mexican people. Two earthquakes which struck just 12 days apart, on 7 and 19 September, left thousands of families torn apart, 471 people dead and over 12 million otherwise affected. Most victims were in the city of Mexico itself, but there were also many in other states, such as Cuernavaca, Oaxaca and Puebla. We still retain vivid memories of buildings collapsing like a house of cards, of roads and bridges destroyed – and at the same time we recall the solidarity shown by this country in drawing on all it's resources and tirelessly searching for survivors amid the ruins.

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Repair of the mother house, the juniorado and the chapel
after the earthquake of September 2017.
Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

Archbishop Hindo to ACN: “The plan to oust Christians from the region is being executed.”

“For years I have been saying that the Kurds are trying to eliminate the Christian presence in this part of Syria,” the Syriac Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnam Hindo of Al Hasakah-Nisibi, which is located in the northeastern part of Syria, explained. In an interview with the pontifical foundation, he confirmed the closure of several Christian schools through the Democratic Federation of North Syria, a de facto autonomous region located in northern and northeastern Syria.

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Syriac Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnam Hindo celebrating Mass.
ACN has been supporting Syrian Christians during this time of persecution in their country.

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