Category: Those in Need

A 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains
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A ‘Marshall Plan’ for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—“Hope is coming back to the Nineveh plains!” That is the verdict of the Middle East expert of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international Catholic charity. Just back from a fact-finding mission to the region in northern Iraq recently liberated from the grip of ISIS, Father Andrzej Halemba […]

Mother and Son Survived Two Years Under the Thumb of the Islamic State
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Mother and Son Survived Two Years Under the Thumb of the Islamic State

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By Jaco Klamer Late last year, Ismail fled Mosul with his mother Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi (55), the two having survived ISIS’ reign of terror for two years. From the safety of Erbil, Kurdistan, the Iraqi Christians, former residents of the town of Bartella, on the Nineveh plain, told their story to international Catholic charity […]

A Christmas Letter from Aleppo
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A Christmas Letter from Aleppo

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By Father Ziad Hilal, S.J. ALEPPO, Syria–For the past few days, Aleppo city has been breathing sighs of relief. Since the rebels reached an agreement with the regime forces and its allies to evacuate all civilians and militants from their last stronghold in east Aleppo city, there finally can be some peace. From the very […]

Aleppo is Burning: Three Days in the Life of a City Under Siege
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Aleppo is Burning: Three Days in the Life of a City Under Siege

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The following report is written by an Aleppo-based Jesuit priest, who preferred to remain anonymous. Dec. 8, 2016 In the last few days the news has come in thick and fast. The government forces have been retaking the zones that it has lost control of ever since 2012. The people here are hoping this military […]

French Court Rules: Children with Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Smile on TV
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French Court Rules: Children with Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Smile on TV

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On November 10, the Conseil d’Etat ruled it “inappropriate” to show happy children with Down syndrome on TV, as that sight could “trouble” women who chose not to give birth to their disabled children. With this pronouncement, the French judges upheld a previous decision by the CSA (“Conseil Supérieur de l’audiovisuel” – equivalent of the […]

General Assembly Rejects Controversial Sex Ed Programming, Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign
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General Assembly Rejects Controversial Sex Ed Programming, Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

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A three-year campaign to have the General Assembly endorse “comprehensive sexuality education” programming fizzled out during negotiations this year. Sponsors of the annual General Assembly resolution on the “Rights of the Child” did not include “comprehensive sexuality education” in the draft resolution that is being considered for adoption, resulting in a kind of ceasefire on […]

Taking Our Thanksgiving Further
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Taking Our Thanksgiving Further

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I found myself traveling with nothing to read, so I wandered over to the airport kiosk to find something to occupy me for a few hours. Having a small mountain of unread books at home, I couldn’t justify another, so it had to be a magazine, and who can resist National Geographic? The cover was […]

On the Nineveh Plane, German ISIS Fighters Left Their Mark
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On the Nineveh Plane, German ISIS Fighters Left Their Mark

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—In an eerie reminder of the ISIS has had in recruiting foreign fighters, provocative graffiti in German was found on the wall of a chapel during an inspection of the small town of Batnaya, on the Nineveh Plane. The small town, just 10 miles from Mosul, was recently recaptured from ISIS. […]

The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t
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The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t

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The world’s most powerful family planning groups announced a “contraceptive crisis,” calling for more funding and “sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people.” A look at their latest report, however, shows the opposite: a glut of contraception in a world where unsatisfied demand has sharply fallen. The group, […]

Iraq's Displaced Christians 'Will Go Back Home,' Once Their Safety is Assured
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Iraq’s Displaced Christians ‘Will Go Back Home,’ Once Their Safety is Assured

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—According to a leading Iraqi prelate, the country’s displaced Christians currently stranded in Kurdistan are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plane until Mosul is liberated and the region is completely pacified. In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need […]

Faith-Based Programs Help Families Cope with Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness
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Faith-Based Programs Help Families Cope with Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness

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For some families coping with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness, programs that rely strictly on science do not provide enough support and guidance. Many of these families find that faith-based programs offer the spiritual guidance and support network they need to move toward healing and wellbeing as a family unit. In fact, many researchers […]

With Just One Place to Worship, Somalia is a Dangerous Place for Christians
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With Just One Place to Worship, Somalia is a Dangerous Place for Christians

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By Mónica Zorita de la Morena NEW YORK—“Even if work has to be done silently, it is better to be here than not be here.” These are the words of Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, Somalia. The prelate, who has been in the region for almost 40 years and also has responsibility […]

Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh
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Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority […]

Syria: More Than One Million Children Sign Appeal for Peace
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Syria: More Than One Million Children Sign Appeal for Peace

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NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2016)—This week, children at more than 2000 schools across Syria are drawing their images of peace and writing messages to the political decision-makers of the European Union and the United Nations under the motto “Peace for Children.” More than one million children are also signing a petition. This appeal for peace […]

Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint
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Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint

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Mother Teresa will be declared a Saint by Pope Francis in a special ceremony on Sunday at the Vatican. The pro-life heroine skillfully exploited her celebrity status to propel the pro-life cause internationally like no one else before her or since. The four feet tall Albanian nun was never afraid to speak truth to power, […]

Sisters in Bosnia: 'We Are There for the Children That Need Us'
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Sisters in Bosnia: ‘We Are There for the Children That Need Us’

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By Rolf Bauerdick NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016)—Katarina (19) has spent 17 years under the care of Sisters Admirata and Manda who run a home in Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, for orphans and abandoned children. As an infant, Katarina was left in the care of her grandmother who could not handle the responsibility of caring […]

Christian-Muslim Relations Have Taken Turn for Worse in the Philippines
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Christian-Muslim Relations Have Taken Turn for Worse in the Philippines

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By M.Z. de la Morena  NEW YORK—Father ather Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, an Italian missionary, has spent almost 40 years in the Philippines, working for dialogue and peace between Christians and Muslims. His long-time positive outlook has recently changed drastically. “Before, the Philippines was a dream place for interreligious dialogue; there was complete harmony. But now […]

A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria
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A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria

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By Marta Petrosillo  NEW YORK—“The situation is a complicated and we are hearing many contradictory stories. The only truth we do know is that the people here are suffering and dying.” The words are those of Sister Anne-Françoise, a French religious of the Enclosed and Apostolic Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Aleppo, Syria. She spoke by […]

World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: 'The Gospel Heals'
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World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: ‘The Gospel Heals’

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By M. Z. de la Morena NEW YORK—Just a few years ago, if anyone had told Miguel that he would be speaking to Pope Francis in front of thousands of young people in Poland—telling the story of how he overcame his addiction to drugs—he would never have believed them. But that is exactly what Miguel […]

In Venezuela, 'The People Are Afraid'
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In Venezuela, ‘The People Are Afraid’

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—Venezuela was once the country of dreams—but those dreams have turned into nightmares. Such is the sad verdict of one of the country’s bishops. Case in point, Bishop Jaime Villarroel of the Diocese of Carúpano, told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: Most of the young people in […]

Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains
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Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

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By Mark Riedemann TELSKUF, IRAQ (July 5, 2016)—It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left. I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 20 miles north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and a mile and-a-half from the front […]

God Works Through Weakness to Bring Strength to His People
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God Works Through Weakness to Bring Strength to His People

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It was five years ago. The memory is still in my mind.I entered my room to discover my five-year-old grandson looking up at a large crucifix on the wall above my bed. He turned and asked if that really happened. “Yes it did,” I replied. “Did Jesus die?” he asked, turning back to look at […]

In Armenia, the Pope Will Visit a Very Special Convent
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In Armenia, the Pope Will Visit a Very Special Convent

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By M.Z. de la Morena  GYUMR?, Armenia—Sister Arousiag proudly points out the dormitory of the convent of Our Lady of Armenia here: it is where Pope Francis will rest for a few hours on the second day of his June 24-26, 2016 visit to Armenia. “It is the best room we have,” she assures a […]

Benevolent Global Village is a Myth
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Benevolent Global Village is a Myth

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The architects of a new world order often speak of a global village. Hillary Clinton tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. Are they speaking of the same village? If there is a benevolent global village then where is it and why is so much of humanity exiled from it? If the […]

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