Persecuted Christians to be remembered around the world on “Red Wednesday”

“Red Wednesday” highlights the plight of Christians living in countries where they are persecuted for their faith.

Cathedrals around the country will be lit up in red this Wednesday as church leaders draw attention to the persecution of Christians in countries around the world.

Aid to the Church in Need is once again organizing its “Week of Witness” effort in which those who were killed or injured for their faith in countries hostile to the Christianity are remembered. The charity states that 80% of all acts of religious persecution are perpetrated against Christians living in 95 countries.

It also claims that some 245 million Christians are facing extreme persecution for their faith, with the charity supporting some 5,300 projects aimed at assisting those living in hardship.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore has called on “all churches, businesses and public buildings” to also take part in the “Red Wednesday” initiative.

In an open letter to his diocese, Bishop Cullinan asked the faithful and people of good will to “support the church suffering around the world.”

“This autumn we are asking you, once again, to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs,” he wrote.

“Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted group in today’s world and Red Wednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.

“Red Wednesday will shine a light on Christian persecution but also highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups. Our campaign calls for respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different faith traditions”.

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