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Oliver Maksan

Oliver Maksan

Oliver Maksan writes for Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy See, providing assistance to the suffering and persecuted Church in more than 140 countries. countries. www.churchinneed.org (USA);www.acnuk.org (UK);www.aidtochurch.org (AUS); www.acnireland.org (IRL);www.acn-aed-ca.org (CAN)

Articles by Oliver Maksan

Catholic schools are a pillar of Church in Sudan

Aug 1, 2017 / 05:01 am

Dust and mud brick houses everywhere – as far as the eye can see. The houses are indistinguishable in color from the ground on which they stand. Trees are few and far between.

Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Jul 9, 2015 / 12:51 pm

In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Apr 15, 2015 / 03:31 am

“At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.

Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai, against backdrop of martyrdom

Feb 20, 2015 / 02:01 am

“The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates.

Meet the Christians in Syria who want to stay, despite the war

Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 am

“Fortunately, the battles are over for now. There was fierce fighting in Al Nabek all through Advent. No one was able to flee. The people were trapped. Peace was then finally restored in the week before Christmas. But you never know.”

Jesuit laments car bomb attack in Syria, scorns media silence

Jan 28, 2015 / 17:09 pm

“Most of them were students at the university, young people who had not left the city. So what sort of message does this attack send out now? I believe they were deliberately targeted.”

In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Jan 14, 2015 / 16:07 pm

In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana.

Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, 'no one is angry at God'

Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am

“Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives."

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Dec 18, 2014 / 04:01 am

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.

Tunisia: The Muslim nation where Christians enjoy relative freedom

Nov 1, 2014 / 05:01 am

In Tunisia, public expressions of Christianity are against the law and the government frowns on conversions. But compared to the situation of the Church in other Muslim nations, circumstances in the North African country are tolerable.

'Our Church is in danger': Catholics in Aleppo, Homs

Oct 9, 2014 / 14:26 pm

Sister Maria of Nazareth has committed herself to an extraordinary mission. The Argentine nun from the Institute of the Incarnate Word has been living in Aleppo, Syria, for the past two months, ministering to a traumatized Christian community in the former million-strong metropolis in the north of the country, which has suffered some of the worst violence of the three year-old civil war.