Light Red. Wear Red. Pray Red. Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the only international Catholic charity dedicated to the support of suffering and persecuted Christians. It’s a day to gather and pray for those who are persecuted for their love of Jesus Christ. Cathedrals around the world, 10 of them in Australia (but ours unfortunately isn’t one of them) will light up in red to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Religious freedom is violated in almost one third of the world’s countries (31.6%), where two thirds of the world’s population live. 62 countries out of a total of 196 face very severe violations of religious freedom. This Wednesday, you may wish to go to Mass for someone who can’t, or intentionally wear a religious symbol remembering those who cannot make such a public display of faith. You are invited to pray for and stand in solidarity with the 200+ million Christians persecuted for their faith. There are pamphlets in the foyer or to find out other ways to get involved, visit www.aidtochurch.org/redwednesday.
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