Aid to the Church in Need

Sebastian (L), Fr Dominic and Harriet completed the 10k
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ and his colleague Sebastian Cichocki, were undeterred by London’s heatwave when they joined a team of runners supporting Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in the British 10K London run.  The team ran through central London to raise money to help people suffering persecution and acute poverty in Syria and Iraq.The five-strong group braved temperatures that were set to peak at nearly 30 degrees C as they set off through the streets of the UK capital on Sunday...
A wide-ranging discussion entitled 'The Crisis in Syria - What Next?' took place at the latest Faith Matters Question Time at Farm Street, Mayfair on 28 June.The panel consisted of journalist Melanie McDonagh who writes for the Evening Standard and the Tablet; Revd Nadim Nassar, the only Syrian priest in the Church of England, and director of the Awareness Foundation; John Pontifex, Head of Press at Aid to the Church in Need, who has visited Syria and Iraq many times, and Fr Martin Newell, CP,...
Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ
The 7th April 2018 marks the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ, assassinated outside the Jesuit Community house in Homs. Together with Aid to the Church in Need, the Jesuits in Britain are praying a Novena for Syria - based at Farm Street Church and available online -, to remember Fr Frans and all the victims in the Middle East.The focus will once again be for the immediate release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio SJ, who was kidnapped on 29th July 2013, and, as of today,...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ attended the recent launch of a biennial report on violence against Christians around the world.  The report, named ‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’, is produced by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).  It assesses the nature of threats to Christians around the world and their underlying causes, as well as identifying trends and predicting future developments.  Fr Robinson is the chaplain to the charity and said, “It was a privilege to be involved in the launch of...
Collage of the life and martyrdom of Fr Frans by Farid Georges
The Jesuits in Britain are collaborating with Aid to the Church in Need to promote a Novena for Syria starting tomorrow Thursday 30th March, and completing on 7th April, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ.The novena will be prayed publicly at all Masses at Farm Street Church and with a focus at the Shrine for the Middle East in the church.Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ was assassinated outside the Jesuit Community house in Homs on the morning of 7th April 2014. He had lived...
ACN staff and supporters from across the world will be taking part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris on Sunday
Participants in the Fitbit Semi de Paris (a half-marathon) are in their final days of training and preparation ahead of the race on Sunday – including a Jesuit priest and his lay colleague from Farm Street Church. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Sebastian Cichocki, the parish’s Maintenance Manager, will be joining Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, and John Pontifex, their Head of Press and Information, to help raise...
Runners pass La Place de la Bastille in last year's FitBit Semi de Paris. Credit: ASO/B.Bade
A London Jesuit will be heading to France next month to take part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris, a half-marathon, on behalf of suffering Christians in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community as well as the Ecclesiastical Assistant for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), will be running with Sebastian Cichocki, Mount Street’s maintenance manager, ACN’s UK Director and their Head of Press and Information, as part of an...
Prince Charles' ACN video. Source: YouTube
The Prince of Wales has made a passionate appeal for religious tolerance and compassion for those fleeing persecution, citing the experience of a Syrian Jesuit whom he met recently. Prince Charles was speaking on BBC Radio’s Thought for the Day, in an address pre-recorded for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).Last month, the Prince was presented with ACN's Religious Freedom in the World Report, and in his message, broadcast today, he highlighted the survey’s key finding that...
Bomb damage to the Maronite church in Aleppo. Credit: ACN
Fr Ziad Hilal SJ, the Jesuit priest from Syria who spoke at Farm Street Church in London last year, has just returned from the eastern part of Aleppo – his first visit there for five years. He was able to assess the situation, specifically in the Christian quarter of Al-Midan, and describe what he witnessed to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): “All you see is total destruction,” he told the international charity.Fr Hilal, who oversees projects in Syria for ACN, gave a talk in...
Damage at the Jesuit house in Aleppo. Credit: Sami Hallaq/Facebook
Photos have emerged of the damage sustained by the Jesuit house in Aleppo at the weekend when three bombs hit their building. The community managed to avoid injury because they were on retreat; but the chapel and various offices were seriously damaged in the attack on Sunday.Meanwhile, Pope Francis yesterday sent a letter to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, appealing for "an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities" in the country. The appeal was...

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