Candles for Peace in Syria – ACN appeal to help children in Syria

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Candles for Peace in Syria - ACN appeal to help children in SyriaOn Sunday, the Holy Father Pope Francis launched Aid to the Church in Need’s campaign of prayer, aid and solidarity for the people of Syria – Candles for Peace in Syria.

At the end of the Angelus prayer, the Pope lit one of the candles designed by over 50,000 Syrian children.

ACN said, “imagine being born and brought up in an atmosphere of war; always living in fear, never knowing the peace of good night’s sleep and struggling hard to see love in the eyes of another human being because hate and destruction has taken over.

“This is the unfortunately the reality of Syrian children today who have become the prime victims of the humanitarian crisis which is still ongoing in Syria.”

ACN added, “think about these children, their dreams and aspirations and what they would become if only the environment they are nurtured in would give them the freedom to be everything they want to be.”

In response to the critical humanitarian situation in Syria, during the Angelus on Sunday, the Holy Father Pope Francis launched Aid to the Church in Need’s campaign of aid and solidarity for the people of Syria by lighting a candle with these words:

“Adhering to the initiative of Aid to the Church in Need, I will light a candle now together with many children that are doing the same in Syria. Let us pray and help Christians to remain in Syria and in the Middle East as witnesses of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

ACN explained that in the last few days the campaign has involved over 50,000 children from several of the Syrian cities most severely affected by the war, including Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Marmarita, Hassaké, Tartus and Latakia.

“The children have prayed and decorated candles with symbols of peace- crosses, doves and messages of hope to convey to the world their longing for peace,” it said.Candles for Peace in Syria - ACN appeal to help children in SyriaACN (Malta) said that it is calling on people of goodwill in Malta and Gozo to respond to this cry of peace from the children of Syria and “help us give them a message of hope especially in this season of Christmas.”

It said that this campaign envisages a package of emergency aid, Christmas parcels containing clothes, shoes, toys and other essentials for over 15,000 of the poorest and most destitute children, the distribution of food parcels and other basic essentials including medicines, milk powder for babies, help with school and education fees for school children and support with rent and heating costs for Christian refugee families.

To donate, please send a cheque made out to ACN (Malta) in an envelope marked “peace for the children” by regular post to the following address: ACN Malta, 39b, Mdina Road, Attard, ATD9038 Malta.

Donations can also be made via bank transfer APS Account Number 20001771733.

Call 21487818 or send an email to info@acnmalta.org for more information.

Photographs: Aid to the Church in Need

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