The Way of the Cross, ACN on the Suffering Church

The following interview was conducted by Hussein Al-alak, editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra), with Catherine of Aid to the Church in Need, who many have got to know through their groundbreaking work inside of Iraq and the wider Middle East.

In this interview, Catherine reflects on the World Youth Day events which were held in Krakow, Poland. Catherine also speaks out on the work being carried out by ACN across the Middle East, while giving valuable insights into the history of this unique and remarkable charity. 


The health system in the newly liberated Ramadi region of Iraq has collapsed and conditions for patients are appalling. That is the view of a senior AMAR assessment team that has just returned from Anbar province. They say there is now an urgent need for emergency measures to be taken and for reconstruction work to begin immediately. 

Decision To Re-Draw Neighbourhood Borders in Baghdad Raises Concerns

Earlier this month the Baghdad provincial council voted to separate the Shaab neighbourhood in north eastern Baghdad from a neighbouring area, Adhamiyah. Most of the locals living in Adhamiyah are Sunni Muslims whereas most of those in the Shaab neighbourhood are Shiite Muslims. So naturally the decision has given rise to accusations of sectarian motives on the part of the local council. 

Iraq executes 36 ISIS militants for mass killing of soldiers

Iraq said on Sunday it had hanged 36 ISIS militants sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago. It is the highest number of militants executed in one day by the Iraqi government since ISIS fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014. 

Social media a tool for unity, and incitement — experts

Social media are a double-edged sword that is equally capable of enhancing social cohesion and inciting hatred that tears apart the social fabric, experts in Amman, Jordan, said on Tuesday. During a discussion on the impact of social media on social solidarity held at the Arab Thought Forum, experts highlighted the need to promote ethical responsibility among users and to direct their efforts towards positive uses. 

Jordan Queen expresses support for women’s national U-17 team

Her Majesty Queen Rania met with female football players in the U-17 national football team, while training at the Amman International Stadium on Tuesday. 

The Jordan Times reported how young players are getting ready to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup championship, set to take place in Amman in September and October 2016, a statement from Her Majesty’s office said.