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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...
Red Wednesday: solidarity for those who suffer for their beliefs
Stonyhurst College in Lancashire will be among the major faith institutions across the country that will join with Aid to the Church in Need by illuminating their buildings in red tomorrow to honour those who suffer because of their religion. Red Wednesday is an occasion for people to stand in solidarity with the millions who are targeted for their beliefs and are living in fear. It takes place on the Feast of the Pope and Martyr, St Clement, and a growing number of parishes, schools and...
Farm Street Camino
For the past few years, Farm Street Church parishioners have become pilgrims to raise money for worthy causes. Unlike most pilgrims of the ‘Camino’ who walk along the northern part of Spain aiming for Santiago, these spiritual walkers will walk the ‘Camino Ignaciano’ (the Ignatian Camino or Ignatian Way), following the route that St Ignatius himself walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and...
Fr Jacques Mourad (Ziad Hilal SJ/ACN)
Fr Jacques Mourad, the Syriac Catholic priest who escaped earlier this month after being held captive in Syria by Daesh (ISIS), has said that prayer helped him remain calm and at peace during his five months of captivity. In addition to praying to the Virgin Mary, Fr Mourad said he also prayed to the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius Loyola, and Blessed Charles de Foucauld, whose martyrdom in 1916 led to the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus. And he said he felt supported by the...
An overnight vigil of silent and guided prayer for persecuted Christian communities in Iraq and around the world will take place at Holy Name Church in Manchester this weekend. The Jesuit community in Manchester will be hosting talks on Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon; the event will also include personal testimonies from Iraqi Christians, workshops, music and roundtable discussions.ONE NIGHT for Religious Freedom has received support from large sections of the...
Churches Together in Westminster has secured the agreement and encouragement of Westminster City Council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in central London. The announcement was made by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ at the end of a Carol Service at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair. It was held to support the suffering Church in Syria and Iraq and helped to raise more than £2,000 for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).The places for refugees in the capital will be provided with assistance from...

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