Maryam, a strong woman with four small children, is a Christian currently living in a refugee camp in Zahle, about 34 miles from Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. Syria is a dangerous place to be a Christian, many people have faced persecution, and when their home became caught in the crossfire, Maryam and her family had no choice but to flee.
“We ask nothing for ourselves, just a reason to hope for our child”, she says.
Maryam is one of the many people Father Giancarlo Zamengo, General Director of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, met in February this year while visiting a small mission in Zahle, Lebanon, where some Conventual Franciscan friars currently minister to the refugees.
Our bond with the Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine is of the strongest kind and is determined by the double mission that St. Anthony of Padua has enjoined upon us: to spread the Gospel and to perform works of charity.
Two sides of the same coin.
It is for this reason that the Messenger and St. Anthony’s Charities are really two sides of the same coin: one gives voice to the word of the Gospel and the other makes sure that our help reaches those who most need it. St. Anthony’s Charities, with its projects, aspects and stories, appears every month in the pages of the Messenger of Saint Anthony.
The connection between the solidarity organisation and its supporters.
The Messenger is therefore the connection between the solidarity organisation and its supporters. Through the Messenger, readers become promoters of development and liberation, the new way of applying the Gospel according to the teachings of St. Anthony.