This October join us as we welcome guests from the persecuted Church around the world and hear testimonies from those who are on the front line of faith.
Holy Mass at 10:30am at Westminster Cathedral followed by talks in the Hall from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
Invited Speakers include:
Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Issam John Darwish of Zahle and Furzol, Lebanon
Archbishop Darwish is helping refugee Christians from Syria who have fled extremism and violence. Many of those who are displaced are totally reliant on the Church for their daily needs. He will give an account of the situation for Christians in the region.
Sister Annie Demerjian RJM, from Aleppo, Syria
Sister Annie is one of ACN’s key project partners in Syria – offering emergency help in the worst-affected areas of Aleppo and Hassake. She leads a team of volunteers who provide food, shelter and medicine to suffering families. Sister Annie will give an update on the current situation in Aleppo.
Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, northern Nigeria
Bishop Kukah is an outspoken advocate on behalf of suffering Christians in northern Nigeria. The Bishop leads a diocese close to some of the worst persecution inflicted by Islamic militants Boko Haram. He will speak about the needs of his people and how they are persevering in Faith against all the odds.
Father Salar Kajo
Father Salar Kajo is the parish priest of St George’s Church, Teleskeof, a largely Christian town and neighbouring villages in Nineveh, northern Iraq. He is overseeing the resettlement of the faithful back in the town which was badly damaged by Daesh (ISIS) and other militant groups. He is a key project partner for ACN which is repairing damaged homes and St George’s Church.
Stephen Rasche, Programme Coordinator – Iraqi Christians returning to their homelands post Daesh (ISIS)
He will provide an update on the resettlement of displaced families in Nineveh.
There will also be ACN UK speakers including, Neville Kyrke-Smith and John Pontifex.
At this event there will be a launch of the latest Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2015-2017.
Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London SW1P 1LT
Tea and biscuits will be provided. Lunch is available from nearby cafes or you may prefer to bring your own packed lunch. Please do also visit at the event, ACN’s stall for our full range of 2017 Christmas cards, gifts and books.