Tuesday, September 17, 2019

ACN-USA News - Pope blesses Marian icon in support of campaign to console Christians in Syria


ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, Pope Francis blessed 6,000 rosaries earmarked for suffering Syrian Christians; on Sept. 15, 2019, these rosaries were distributed in Catholic and Orthodox churches throughout Syria. That same day, the Pope blessed a Marian icon that will travel the country.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) commissioned the icon of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Sorrows and Consolatrix of the Syrian People” as part of the “Console my People” campaign of prayer for Syrian Christians sponsored by ACN alongside the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Syria. The campaign seeks to comfort those families who had loved ones abducted or killed during the eight years of the Syrian civil war.

The 6000 rosaries, commissioned by ACN and produced by Christian craftsmen in Bethlehem and Damascus, were distributed in parishes across the country’s 34 Christian dioceses in commemoration of the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At Mass and during processions, the faithful’s prayers went out to those who were killed or abducted during the war and to their families. Some 2000 Christian families in Syria have lost one or more loved ones during the conflict and 800 families had a family member abducted.

Along with the rosaries, Bibles in Arabic—donated by ACN—were distributed, along with crosses made in the Holy Land of olive wood and blessed by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ephraim III.

Following the Pope’s Sept. 15 meeting with an ACN delegation, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, ACN president, expressed gratitude to the Holy Father for “his affectionate closeness, as always, wherever there are tears to be dried, a sign of just how much the world needs compassion.”

He added that the feast of the Sorrowful Mother “offers us a lesson of true and profound compassion and maternal tenderness. Mary suffers for Jesus, but at the same time she also suffers with Jesus, and the passion of Christ is a sharing in the whole of human suffering.”

—Marta Petrosillo                 


With picture of Our Lady of Sorrows, Consoler of Christians (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syrian families—ACN sponsors initiative



ON THE FEAST of the Assumption, August 15, Pope Francis, during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, blessed 6,000 rosaries destined for Syria. They will be given to Christians in Syria who have had relatives or family members abducted or murdered during the civil war. This is part of an ecumenical initiative by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in partnership with Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Syria.

"The rosaries, made at the initiative of ACN, are a sign of my closeness to our brothers and sisters in Syria," Pope Francis said as part of his Angelus address, adding: "We continue to pray the Rosary for peace in the Middle East and around the world."

ACN arranged for the production of the rosaries in Bethlehem and Damascus.

The plan is to distribute the rosaries among a number of different Christian communities in Syria on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The motto of the initiative is “Comfort my people;” the project aims to commemorate the victims of war and offer spiritual support and comfort to the bereaved.

Speaking earlier to an ACN delegation headed by the organization’s Executive President Dr. Thomas Heine-Geldern, Pope Francis praised the work of ACN and the ecumenical initiative: "I thank ACN for everything you do. When we pray with the people in Syria, we become close to them."

“The Holy Father has on several occasions expressed his support and approval for our commitment in Syria and the Middle East,” said Dr. Heine-Geldern, “and he has done so again today. For the families of the war victims, these blessed rosaries are a sign that the Pope and the entire Church are with them, praying for them and standing beside them.”

Since the start of Syrian civil war in 2011, support for suffering and persecuted Christians in Syria has been a priority for ACN. During this period, reported Dr. Heine-Geldern, ACN has funded 850 projects totaling almost $40M.

The work has enabled numerous Christian families to stay in the country, rather than emigrating. However, “money is not enough,” he said, adding: “Alongside material aid, the people in Syria need spiritual and moral support, for they are in a desperate situation. Together with our donors around the world, ACN is committed to helping them.”

On September 15, the “Comfort my People” initiative will take place in a number of cities in Syria. In each location there will be commemorative prayers and procession, to remember the dead and for the consolation and support of their families. That day, Pope Francis will again associate himself with the initiative by blessing an icon of Our Lady of Sorrows, Comforter of the Syrians.

—Tobias Lehner


With picture Dr. Heine-Geldern presenting a rosary to Pope Francis (© Servicio Fotografico-Vatican Media)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Friday, July 26, 2019

ACN-USA News - In Sri Lanka & the Philippines, a church and a cathedral re-open after deadly terror strikes



THREE MONTHS after a suicide bomber killed almost 100 worshippers at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcom Ranjith of Colombo presided at the first Mass at the church since the Easter Sunday bomb attack on April 21, 2019.

With the front pews reserved for survivors of the attack, more than 1,000 people attended the Mass held July21 under tight security.

In front of the church, in a glass encasement, now stands a statue of Christ still splattered with the blood of worshipers who died in the church on Easter Sunday.

In his homily, Cardinal Ranjith repeated his charge that various government agencies and officials had failed to prevent the terror strikes, which altogether killed more than 250 at three churches—including St. Antony’s Shrine in Colombo—and three luxury hotels.

As he has done numerous times since the bombing, the cardinal called on Christians not to retaliate against the country’s Muslims. The perpetrators of the attacks, he stressed, were caught up in an international terrorist conspiracy.

Meanwhile, in Jolo, the Philippines, Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia, papal nuncio to the Philippines, on July 16 presided over the re-dedication of Our Lady of Mount Cathedral, six months after two improvised explosive devices killed 21 worshipers and injured almost 100 others.

One of the bombs was detonated inside the cathedral during Mass January 27, the other device exploded outside the building. Since 2000, the cathedral and its vicinity had been targeted by bomb attacks nine times.

Archbishop Caccia, at the conclusion of the re-dedication Mass assured survivors of the blasts and those who lost loved ones in the attack that ‘”they are not forgotten or neglected.”

He added: “this is not only manifested with financial assistance, but through the solidarity of prayer all over the world.”

Jolo is the capital of Susu Province, which is largely Muslim. The local Church has been strongly committed to fostering Muslim-Christian dialogue as a bulwark against radicalism.

The perpetrators of the bombing are suspected to be associated with Islamist terror group Abu Sayyaf, which occupied the center of Marawi City in the Mindanao region for five months in 2017.

                                
With picture of re-dedication Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Aid to the Church in Need receives the 2019 Path to Peace Award


ARCHBISHOP Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and president of the Path to Peace Foundation, has praised Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)—the recipient of the 2019 Path to Peace Award—as “the leading organization in the world putting words to the persecution Christians are suffering in certain places and, even more importantly, responding with action.”

Speaking May 22, 2019 at the Path to Peace Foundation’s annual Award Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York, Archbishop Auza said that the foundation sought to honor ACN “as a voice crying in the wilderness, echoing the voices of Christians crying out for help.”

The archbishop cited ACN’s biennial reports—Persecuted and Forgotten? and Religious Freedom in the World—as “the best reports that exist detailing, respectively, the ravages of Christianophobia,” as well as the state of religious freedom in 196 countries.

“The importance of the information these reports provide cannot be overstated,” said the archbishop, even as ACN “has done even a greater service by all their work on the ground.”

Archbishop Auza—who, as a young priest, received a scholarship from ACN that allowed him to study in Rome—noted in particular ACN’s work on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, where the organization “is leading a what has been boldly called a ‘Marshall Plan’ for the rebuilding of houses, institutions, churches and lives in response to ISIS destruction.”

Accepting the award, Dr. Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN International, said that the honor belongs to “those Christians who, just because of their faith, are persecuted, oppressed, discriminated or silenced.”

“Tonight, in lending them my voice, my hope is that their martyrdom is a little less silent.”

He continued: “Our work would not be possible without the unflagging support of our benefactors worldwide. We exist because of their extraordinary moral and financial support and we should keep in mind that it is often the mite of the widow which helps us.”

“Our donors are the foundation on which we build bridges of faith, hope and charity in support of the persecuted Church.”

ACN was founded in 1947 by a young Dutch Norbertine priest, Father Werenfried van Straaten (1913 -2003), to help meet the needs of refugees and displaced people in post-World War II Germany.

Today, ACN is a papal charity that supports persecuted and suffering faithful with more than 5,000 projects around the world each year.

Projects include the construction of churches and chapels; support for the training of seminarians, men and women religious as well as lay catechists; emergency aid; and transportation for clergy and religious.

Last year, ACN donors gave more than $100M in aid. Since 2011, ACN has provided more than $70M to support Syrian and Iraqi Christians threatened by ISIS and other Islamist groups, ensuring the survival of Christianity in the region.

“Religious freedom,” said Dr. Heine-Geldern, “is a fundamental human right. It is the responsibility of all nations and international NGOs to protect every individual’s right to religious freedom.”

“We must not give up the fight for the full implementation of this basic human right, which is inseparably linked to the dignity of every human being.”

Concluding his remarks, he said that “we all have an obligation to respond and show our solidarity with Christian communities suffering persecution, though in the end, the hardest job is not ours.”

“Standing with the faithful on the frontlines, confronting persecution, hate and violence, are courageous men and women—bishops, priests, women religious and lay volunteers. The ultimate servants of peace, they remain with their people. I also dedicate the 2019 Path to Peace Award to them.”

The Path to Peace Foundation supports various aspects of the work of the Holy See Mission to the UN. The Foundation also funds humanitarian projects in developing countries.

Previous recipients of the Path to Peace Award include: Cardinal Mario Zenari, papal nuncio to Syria; Prince Henri of Luxembourg; and Queen Sofia of Spain.

In his opening remarks, Archbishop Auza said that “the Holy See Mission would not be able to do what we have tried to do in defense of Christians at the United Nations were it not for ACN-USA’s steady and superlative collaboration.”

“We are committed to help persecuted Christians everywhere and we want to ensure that global anti-Christian persecution stays front-and-center in the news and public discourse,” said George Marlin, chairman of ACN-USA, adding: “We are calling on government and Church leaders to make the issue a priority.”


With picture of Archbishop Auza and Dr. Heine-Geldern (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Monday, June 24, 2019

ACN-USA News - Islamists kidnap Christian in Egypt ‘We fear torture and savage death’

ADEEB NAKHLA, a Coptic Christian, was kidnapped by an ISIS affiliate group in Sinai, Egypt last January. Since then, there has been no news of his whereabouts or condition.

On January 17, 2019, around 9am, Nakhla, 55, was traveling from Ismailia to Al-Arish to visit relatives, when a militant Islamic group stopped the minibus he was riding in and checked the national identity cards of those on board. The cards state religious affiliation, and when the militants saw that Nakhla was a Christian, they asked him to get out of the vehicle. He was taken away.

Nakhla had fled Al-Arish two years ago, as did dozens of Christian families who moved to Ismailia after receiving death threats. A relative, who spoke to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on condition of anonymity, said that many Coptic Christians who chose to stay were slaughtered: “We left Al-Arish in 2017, after terrorists killed seven of our neighbors. Among the dead were a father and son; they burnt their bodies and their home, and the mother, Nabila, was forced to watch. She is severely traumatized.”

Last year, Nakhla’s family returned to Al-Arish, where family members work and own property; Nakhla stayed in Ismailia for his job. Nakhla’s relative said: “We had to return to our home and work. We were unemployed in Ismailia, and we lived on aid from the Church. Conditions in the city have improved thanks to the Egyptian army’s stepped-up campaign against terrorist groups, though it is still dangerous on the road.”

He continued: “Militants affiliated with ISIS have staged ambushes on the highways and launched attacks on civilians and security forces. The Muslim driver of the communal taxi Uncle Adeeb rode in said that militants clad in khaki stopped the vehicle. When they discovered that Uncle Adeeb was a Christian, they asked him to get out. Our biggest fear is that they may abuse, torture, and kill him, just as savagely as they have other Copts.”

Violence towards Coptic Christians in Egypt has increased since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Most attacks have occurred in northern Sinai, where, according to tradition, the Holy Family entered Egypt. In 2012, unknown assailants issued a handwritten statement demanding that all remaining Copts leave the border city of Rafah; since then, a number of local Copts have been kidnapped and killed by terrorist groups.

In 2018, ACN supported the pastoral work and social services ministries of the Catholic Coptic Church in Egypt with projects totaling more than $750,000.

—Engy Magdy

                                 
With picture of Adeeb Nakhla (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Friday, May 10, 2019

EWTN To Launch African News Agency

EWTN To Launch African News Agency
Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network announced May 10 that it will launch a news service for the African continent.  ACI-Africa will be a Nairobi, Kenya-based Catholic news agency, which will publish content in English, French and Portuguese. EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw formally introduced the project during an event at EWTN’s Vatican bureau. The news agency will officially begin operations on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the same date on which EWTN Founder Mother Angelica launched EWTN in 1981.

Father Don Bosco FINAL.jpg“I am pleased to announce that EWTN will soon be launching a news agency which will cover the Church across the continent of Africa,” Warsaw said. “The Church in Africa is vibrant and continues to see exponential growth.  My hope is that this new service from EWTN will help continue to build up the African Church and also ensure that the voice of the African Church is heard more clearly around the world with content that is shared through EWTN’s other news platforms.”

The Association for Catholic Information in Africa (ACI-Africa) will be headed by Father Don Bosco Onyalla, a priest of the Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan. He is a journalist who established and previously oversaw the Catholic News Agency For Africa (CANAA), a project of the African bishops conference since May 2013. Onyalla’s work has included producing websites, newsletters and social media updates for the bishops, as well as working with diocesan, national and regional episcopal communication directors throughout Africa.  He speaks English, French, and Swahili, as well as the local languages of Luhya and Dinka.

“I look forward to interacting with fellow Catholic journalists under the EWTN umbrella, to facilitating the telling of Africa’s story by Africans, and to the challenges involved in setting up a news agency in the vast and multi-cultural context that is Africa,” Onyalla said.

ACI-Africa will be a part the ACI Group which was acquired by EWTN in 2014 and includes ACI Prensa, the world’s largest Spanish-language Catholic news organization with headquarters in Lima, Peru; ACI Digital, the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based news organization, which serves the Portuguese-speaking world; and ACI Stampa, the Italian-language news organization based in Rome. ACI Group is part of the larger EWTN News, Inc. division, which also includes Denver-based Catholic News Agency (CNA), the German language news service, CNA Deutsch, and several other Catholic news outlets.

“We were honored to welcome Vatican officials, journalists, and distinguished guests to our event announcing the birth of ACI-Africa,” said Alejandro Bermudez, Executive Director of the ACI Group.  “This new Agency aimed at covering all Africa for Africa and the world is an expression of the growing role African Catholicism is having in the universal Church. This is a significant step forward for the ACI Group as well as for the larger EWTN News family.”

The launch of ACI-Africa is the latest development in EWTN’s efforts to continue to expand its news presence in the global Catholic digital and multimedia marketplace. In 2013, the Network launched “EWTN News Nightly,” a daily news program from Washington, D.C. covering news and world events from a Catholic perspective. In 2011, EWTN acquired “The National Catholic Register,” the leading Catholic newspaper in the United States. In addition, EWTN’s radio and digital media services have greatly expanded their news content in recent years.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Review -Me & My House - Catholic Parenting Course Videos


by Patrick Sullivan - Evango

Patrick Sullivan has put together an excellent resource for parents in his new parenting video series entitled, "Me & My House."   While I am not a new parent, my twin girls are now age 10, I learned a great deal from watching his videos.

Patrick takes you on a step-by-step path on how to bring up children who are affectionate, loving, and desirous of having a deep relationship with their parents and above all with God.

The videos are divided into four modules:

  1. Parenting in God's Plan - He explores the foundations of Catholic parenting.
  2. Habits in Parenting - He discusses good and bad practices in parenting.
  3. Do's and Don'ts of Parenting - He explains good discipline techniques, what works and what doesn't work.
  4. Parenting Them in the Faith -  He gives good suggestions of things you can do to raise children who will find joy in their faith.

These videos are very practical.  Patrick gradually introduces ways to help you implement solid, Catholic teaching in your home, in raising your children, and in relating to your spouse.  

One of the biggest impacts of the videos is the example of Patrick's children themselves.  Whenever they appear in the videos they seem very gentle, sweet, and well-mannered.  Patrick relates one story where he is looking all over for his son one day, only to find him hiding under the covers on his bed saying a Rosary!  This dear man surely knows what he is talking about if his little boy can do something like that.

One of the best features of these videos is Patrick's calm, soft-spoken demeanor.  I was very relaxed each time I watched and that was a big plus!

This is really a worthwhile series for all Catholic parents.  There is always something we can learn to help our children grow up to be loving, respectful children who love God.  Patrick Sullivan has put together a functional, Catholic guide to parenting.  I truly enjoyed watching the videos.   I am sure all parents will greatly benefit from the wisdom and practical advice they will receive from watching the "Me & My House" Catholic Parenting course.

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 Reviewed by Rosa Sautner, Catholic homeschooling mom of 2.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ACN News -Papal video for March focuses on persecuted Christians around the world



THE MARCH EDITION of a monthly papal video calls attention to the plight of persecuted Christians who live in countries that do not guarantee religious freedom and respect for human rights. The video was produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in collaboration with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

This year began with an attack carried during Mass on the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, the Philippines; 23 people were killed. Around the world in 2018, 40 missionaries were murdered, and 35 of these were priests. Two priests were massacred in late November together with some 80 Christians in a refugee camp in Alindao in the Central African Republic.

There are thousands of cases of persecution and discrimination that go unnoticed because they are not reported by the media.

In the video, Pope Francis says: “We find it difficult to believe, but there are more martyrs today than there were in the early centuries;” [they suffer] because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ,” even “in countries in which freedom and human rights are protected in theory, on paper.”

According to ACN’s 2018 Religious Freedom in the World Report, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. This fundamental human right to freedom of belief is severely threatened in 38 countries.

“This prayer intention of the Holy Father is quite significant for the Christian community. Praying for our persecuted and discriminated brothers and sisters is one of the pillars of ACN.”

“We support this prayer intention of the Holy Father with great joy and gratitude,” said ACN’s Executive President Thomas Heine-Geldern.


With picture for March papal video (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

The Golden Rules of Detachment by St. John of the Cross



The soul must always be inclined to:

-  not to the easiest thing, but the hardest;

-  not to the tastiest thing, but the most insipid;

-  not to t he thing that gives the greatest pleasure, but to those that give the least;

-  not to restful things, but to the painful ones;

-  not to consolation, but desolation;

- not to more, but to less;

- not to the highest and dearest, but to the lowest and most despised;

-  not to desire for something but to have no desires.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Saint Pope John Paul II Message for Lent



MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
FOR LENT 1979

You ask: “What has happened to Lent?”. Going to some small extent without food does not, you think, mean much, at a time when so many of our brothers and sisters are victims of war of disasters and are undergoing such suffering, both physically and morally.
Fasting concerns personal asceticism, which is always necessary; but the Church asks the baptized to mark this liturgical season in yet another way...
Read the rest HERE.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Lent - Unmortified Habitual Inperfections



"The smallest imperfection is opposed to the will of God because Go cannot desire the slightest imperfection."
- St. John of the Cross

Examples of unmortified habitual imperfections:

1.  Talking too much;
2.  Unrestrained curiosity;
3.  Attachments to the little things whether persons or objects such as food and so forth which the soul refuses to give up;
4.  Attachment to one's comfort;
5.  Attachment to one's own opinion and reputation.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Lent - Jesus' Words to St. Faustina Regarding Sanctification and Salvation



Jesus told Sr. Faustina during His retreat that her sanctification and salvation was assured and available through the sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and Confession and by:

1.  Totally abandoning herself to His will;
2.  Putting her self-love in the last place;
3.  Shunning gossip like the plague;
4.  Acting kindly to those who sought her harm;
5.  Hiding in His heart whenever confronted by temptation and discouragement;
6.  Trusting He is always with her;
7.  Praying for the sick and the dying;
8.  Always being adorned by the virtue of humility, purity of intention and love.

This is also true for us.




Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Lenten Meatless Recipe - Fried Fish Dinner Peruvian Style


FRIED FISH for 4 Servings

1 large piece of firm fleshed fish per person (such as Mahi Mahi as in the photo above)
Salt and pepper to taste (approximately 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, two grinds of fresh pepper; optional garlic powder)
1/2 cup white flour
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Rinse fresh fish an pat dry with paper towel.  Mix white flour in a shallow pan or dish with salt and pepper.
Heat your frying pan and add enough oil to lightly cover bottom.  Make sure to lower heat if the oil starts to smoke.
Coat the fish pieces with the flavored flour and place in hot pan.
Fry until both sides are crispy and brown.  Be careful not to burn the coating.

WHITE RICE

2 cup white long grain rice (or Medium grain) and rinsed and drained
3 cups boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt optional
1 tablespoon oil optional
2 or 3 large cloves of rice, minced


Heat a saucepan, add the oil and garlic. Brown the garlic, being careful not to burn it.  Add the rice and salt and stir until rice is coating and glistening with the oil.  Add the boiling water.  Lower the heat to simmer and cover.  The rice is ready when the water is absorbed and it usually takes approximately 20 minutes. 

FRESH TOMATO AND ONION SALAD

1 large ripe tomato, cut into small cubes
1 medium onion, preferably sweet, sliced thinly.
1 half of a juicy lime or lemon
Salt
Oil
Parsley, optional

Mix all ingredients together.

PAPAS CON AJI (Potatoes and chili peppers)

1 boiled Yukon Gold potato per person
1 bunch fresh basil, processed in a food processor
1 large scallion (green onion), sliced thinly
1/2 tsp Aji Amarillo paste (Peruvian yellow chili paste),
-or- 1 fresh Jalapeno, seeded and sliced thinly
Drizzle of oil (Olive oil or vegetable oil)
Salt to taste
Cottage cheese or Queso Fresco, Optional

Mix all ingredients and serve on the peeled boiled potato. 

Serve with Peruvian Chica Morado like in the photo

CHICA MORADA (Peruvian Purple Corn Drink)

3 or 4 Purple corn on the cobs
Peelings and core from a fresh pineapple
5 dried cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 quarts water

Boil all ingredients for an hour.  Let cool and strain.  Mix the mixture with lemon juice and sugar to taste.

Serve cold.






Ash Wednesday - How to Grow Spiritually this Lent via the Saints and Holy People



The following are from a couple of sources and are shared as a way of helping you become holier.

"O Holy Spirit, 
quench my thirst at the torrent of Your delights,
so that I will no longer wish to taste the poisonous delights of the world."
St. Augustine

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"Jesus Christ was the only man ever born into the world in order to die."
Father Andrew Apostoli about Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's quote

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Precious Blood wash over me and protect me from the wickedness and snares of the devil.

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"...teach me how to nourish my prayers to be really like Yours, by true, generous sacrifice-
renouncing some well-earned repose, detaching myself from creatures, being silent and 
interiorly recollected.  Grant that I may be faithful in performing my duties, that I may
prove my love by little voluntary mortifications, and may joyfully accept Your will in
all circumstances of my life."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D**

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"Anything that does not contribute to our sanctification or to the sanctification of
others is useless, a waste of time, and should be courageously eliminated."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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"I do nothing by myself, I act according to God's inspiration, in order to do
what is most pleasing to Him."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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"I beseech You, Lord, grant me that grace without which I shall never be at
peace with my neighbor, but will every be prompt to take offense.  
It would be far better for me to correct my own faults than to criticize the actions
of others!
If I expect others to bear with my defects, I must likewise bear with them."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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"Let us consider nothing too difficult when it is a question of winning souls."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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I promise to declare a merciless war against myself.  My weapons for the battle will be prayer, the practice of the presence of God, and silence... I will arm myself with sovereign confidence in
You; with patience, humility, conformity of Your Divine Will, and supreme diligence..."
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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"One single, unmortified appetite is sufficient to fetter the soul."
St. John of the Cross

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"Renounce everything, be detached from everything."
St. John of the Cross

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**Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ACN-USA News - Uganda - ‘God saved me from alcoholism

54-YEAR-OLD JESSICA Nansubuga, a Ugandan mother of five, lives with her family in Katanga, one of the biggest slums in Uganda’s capital of Kampala. For years, she struggled with her addiction to alcohol.
Today, she credits the Church with her sobriety. She told her story to Aid to the Church in Need:

“I was so addicted to alcohol that I would neglect my children; I also engaged in risky sexual behavior. I could hardly fall sleep without gin; I sold everything we had so I could buy more alcohol; my husband left me because of my addiction.
“Living in a slum only made my situation worse and my family more vulnerable. My children dropped out of school and started working as porters. I didn’t care about whether or not they had eaten; all I cared about was drinking. I even had sex in exchange for alcohol; most of the time, I was drunk and didn’t know who I was sleeping with. Nothing else mattered.
“In August of 2016, I became sick and lost weight rapidly. I assumed that it was a result of overdrinking and a poor diet, but I had actually contracted HIV/AIDS. I hated myself, and at one point I considered suicide.
“That is when local health workers urged me to stop drinking and referred me to the Serenity Center, a rehabilitation clinic that was started by Catholic missionaries to treat alcohol and drug abuse in the community.
“There, before I began my antiretroviral treatment to treat HIV/AIDS, I was counseled by a Catholic priest named Father Richard Kyazze. Brother Emmanuel Mubangizi, the Center’s executive director, encourages all HIV-positive addicts to return to Christ and pray for the Virgin Mary’s intervention.
“We struggled to stop drinking, but the Church was on our side and helped bring about our full recovery. Most Center employees are Catholic, and they educated us about living in harmony with spiritual principles, even as they respected our own views. We also learned about the many dangers of alcohol, including domestic violence, liver disease, cancer, and an increased risk of HIV exposure.

“I continue to benefit from the Center programs—like regular counseling and psychiatric evaluation, family education, detoxification, and post-treatment programs—which have reunited me with my family.
“What’s more, some of us have been trained to become a tailor, cook, or how to work with computers so that we can support ourselves and more easily rejoin society.
“Thanks to the Church’s intervention, my life has been restored, and I am able to fix what went wrong at home as a result of my drinking.”

In 2017, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Uganda with programs totaling some $1.3M.

—Hope Mafaranga


With picture of Jessica Nansubuga (© ACN)



Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org