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Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Issam John Darwish of Zahle and Furzol

Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Issam John Darwish of Zahle and Furzol

November 2015

UGANDA: Pope's visit gives faith to young Church
20 November 2015
A Christian leader describes his hopes for the Pope's visit to Uganda in November 2015.

PAKISTAN & UNITED KINGDOM: Dr Paul Bhatti addresses meeting in Parliament
20 November 2015
Dr Paul Bhatti addressed Members of Parliament and supporters of the charity Aid to the Church In Need, leading a discussion on the issue of persecution in Pakistan.

SOUTH SUDAN: Without a ceasefire displaced families could die
12 November 2015
Thousands of internal refugees in South Sudan are at risk of starvation unless a ceasefire is called for in the country's Mundri region.

IRAQ: New Iraq law to force Christian children to embrace Islam
10 November 2015
Christian community opposes new law forcing children to become Muslim if their father converts.

SYRIA: Christians flee as extremists advance
6 November 2015
Daesh (ISIS) advance on Christian town prompting mass exodus

October 2015

SYRIA: Priest says St Mary protected Syrian Church during bombardment
28 October 2015
No casualties were reported after a Syrian Church was targeted by Islamist rebels.

IRAQ: Iraqi refugees losing all hope of returning home
26 October 2015
Archbishop Bashar Warda describes how the humanitarian situation for Christians in Iraq has changed in the past year.

Following in the footsteps of the Wise Men New book The Magi to raise funds for ACN
22 October 2015
THE story of the Wise Men who came to visit the baby Jesus is brought to life in a new book being launched next month to raise funds for a charity helping suffering Christians in the lands of the Bible and beyond.

SYRIA: You helped set me free
16 October 2015
Priest tells how his humanitarian aid - sponsored by charities - inspired a friend to plot his escape.

Christianity is on course to disappear from parts of the Middle East
13 October 2015
Charity's report receives backing from Prime Minister David Cameron and a message of support from the Pope.

UK: Report set to highlight scale of persecution of Christians
8 October 2015
Aid to the Church in Need to launch new report entitled Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-15 on Tuesday 13th October.

August 2015

IRAQ: Leader of Iraq's Christians calls for national plan to stop Daesh
7 August 2015
The leader of the Chaldean Church has sent a statement addressed to the Iraqi government calling on the leaders of the Iraqi government to counter extremists.

IRAQ: ACN announces vital new help for Iraqi refugees - one year after they fled
6 August 2015
ACN has announced a series of key projects to help Christian refugees in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

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