Aid to the Church in Need has informed us that contributions from the Oratory to help those suffering for their faith, especially in Syria and Iraq, have amounted so far to over £160,000.

         Just before Lent, Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN in the UK, visited Christians in Lebanon who had escaped terror and persecution in Syria and Iraq. A typical case there is that of Mountaha and her husband Elias, who share one room with four other refugees. Mountaha told the ACN: “The situation is zero – well, below zero! It is very bad. Thank you for all you do – thank you very much. We will pray for you.” The Melkite Archbishop of Zahle and Furzol, meanwhile, said: “Thank you for all that ACN benefactors do. We pray for them. God will reward them for their love, which shines in this darkness of suffering.” On Shrove Tuesday, Sister Annie from Aleppo told Mr Kyrke-Smith: “We are living Lent for five years – we are waiting for the Resurrection.”

         The ACN is extremely grateful to Oratory parishioners who have made donations. Please continue to be generous. There are boxes at the back of the Oratory church for this appeal, otherwise you can donate online here.