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John Pontifex, Editor-in-Chief, ACN Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report; Fr Ziad Hilal, ACN Projects Co-ordinator for Syria; Baron Johannes Heereman, Executive President, ACN (International); Dr Sarah Bernstein, Director-General of the Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Israel; HRH The Prince of Wales; Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, ACN (UK); Jacques Kallassi, Lebanese Christian; Shaykh Dr Mohammad Umar Al-Qadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and Head Imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland; Dr John Newton, ACN (UK) Production Editor of ACN Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report and ACN (UK) Senior Press Officer and Sr Helen Haigh, RJM Provincial of Europe of the Religious of Jesus and Mary at Clarence House ©ClarenceHouse

John Pontifex, Editor-in-Chief, ACN Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report; Fr Ziad Hilal, ACN Projects Co-ordinator for Syria; Baron Johannes Heereman, Executive President, ACN (International); Dr Sarah Bernstein, Director-General of the Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Israel; HRH The Prince of Wales; Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, ACN (UK); Jacques Kallassi, Lebanese Christian; Shaykh Dr Mohammad Umar Al-Qadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and Head Imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland; Dr John Newton, ACN (UK) Production Editor of ACN Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report and ACN (UK) Senior Press Officer and Sr Helen Haigh, RJM Provincial of Europe of the Religious of Jesus and Mary at Clarence House ©ClarenceHouse

November 2016

Report warns of global impact of religious "hyper-extremism"
24 November 2016
Survey blames religious hatred for increased instability around the world. Religious fundamentalism - more lethal than ever seen before - is unleashing death, destruction, displacement and instability at unprecedented levels, according to a report out today.

Standing up for faith and freedom
15 November 2016
Church communities and other faith groups are coming together in an act of solidarity with those around the world suffering persecution because of their faith. The Red Wednesday event co-ordinated by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need will involve lighting up Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in red.

Aiding needy Syrian families
8 November 2016
Up to 1,500 people fleeing violence and persecution in Syria are to receive emergency help - with many also gaining vocational training - thanks to fresh funding from a leading Catholic charity. Aid to the Church in Need's project for 342 displaced families in and around Damascus includes food and other urgent items as well as home repairs.

We want to go back home
1 November 2016
Displaced Iraqi Christians are determined to return to their homes in areas liberated from Daesh (ISIS) control, according to the Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil who has led the relief effort during their period of exile, he described how some of the 100,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kurdish northern Iraq had already begun preparations to return to the ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain.

October 2016

Restoring "households of the faith" after earthquakes
25 October 2016
Funding to reconstruct church buildings destroyed by earthquakes form part of a series of aid packages announced Monday, 24 October by the UK arm of a leading Catholic charity. The earthquake in Nepal occurred in 2014 and the earthquake in Ecuador this April.

UK/SYRIA/PAKISTAN: Help our "broken city" in Syria
18 October 2016
Aleppo's Sister Annie Demerjian described the "death, destruction and violence" engulfing the city at a Parliamentary meeting yesterday (Monday) organised to highlight the work of Christians ministering in places of suffering.

SYRIA: One million children appeal for peace
7 October 2016
More than one million children in Syria have been calling for peace as part of a fresh appeal to political leaders to end the violence engulfing the country.

August 2016

SYRIA: Carmelites remain amid Aleppo's bombs
5 August 2016
As fierce bombardment continues in Aleppo, a Carmelite nun whose convent is at the centre of the fighting, says the nuns are determined to stay and help those afflicted by the war.


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