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 Martin Banni, from Karemles, Nineveh, Iraq
Newly-ordained priest, Father Martin, has recently returned to St Addai’s Catholic Church in his hometown of Karemles (near Mosul), northern Iraq following the expulsion of Daesh (ISIS). Father Banni will speak of how he brought the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament back to his liberated village.
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
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 vents, ACN’s stall for our full range of 2017 Christmas cards, gifts and books.