Fifth anniversary talk for Aid to the Church in Need in Malta
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A talk on the realities of living the Christian faith today will be held to mark the 5th anniversary of the Malta office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
It will be delivered by the ACN UK’s National Director, Neville Kyrke-Smith, on Wednesday 29th May, at 5.30pm at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema.
During the talk he will be sharing his personal testimony of Christians who have been under attack and persecuted in their homes for years by ISIS in the Middle East.
ACN in Malta is led by National Director, Stephen Axisa, who has worked tirelessly with volunteers, family, friends, priests, Sisters and co-workers to tell the story of persecuted Christians in today’s world.
Axisa said, “we sincerely hope that, in the last five years, ACN Malta has created an awareness in Malta and Gozo that Christians today are being again persecuted in the same cruel manners – if not worse – than they were in the first centuries of Christianity under the Romans or the barbarians.”
Kyrke-Smith, when speaking about Malta’s role in this reality, referred to the words of St Pope John Paul II, when he visited Malta “in the footsteps of St Paul.”
The former pope had referred to Malta as a place of meeting where the Maltese people have “a unique vocation to be builders of bridges between the peoples of the Mediterranean basin, between Africa and Europe. The future of peace in the world depends on strengthening dialogue and understanding between culture and religions.”
Kyrke-Smith said that he is looking forward to meet many faithful Maltese who are standing in faith and charity with their suffering Christian brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. Seats can be reserved by calling 2148 7818.
Stephen Axisa said, “where they are not physically persecuted, Christians are increasing suffering psychological oppression, intimidation or discrimination, just because of the faith they treasure.
He concluded, “ACN wants to show these Christians that they are neither alone nor abandoned, but that there are other Christians who want to support them in a tangible manner and as much as possible.”
Photo: Stephen Axisa (left) and Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Directors for Malta and the UK respectively