Aid to the Church in Need Canada
3rd Mass for Persecuted Christians
On November 4th of this year, the Archbishop of Montreal, Msgr. Christian Lépine, will preside over a Mass dedicated to persecuted Christians for the 3rd consecutive year, which will be celebrated at 7:30 pm at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal. In collaboration with Aid to the Church in Need Canada, this event represents a moment of spiritual solidarity with those who, day after day, suffer persecution because of their religious beliefs.
“Our report on religious freedom will be released on November 15th of this year” says Marie-Claude Lalonde, Director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada. “This information tool is a reminder that when we speak of religion, persecution is often close at hand. Moreover, it seems as though the situation has worsened in 11 countries which were already under observation when the previous report was published in 2014.”
Symbol of this persecution, in Baghdad, Iraq: the robes of the two young priests assassinated while celebrating Mass on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at the Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Sauveur.
(photo: Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid)
“Unfortunately, alongside their brothers and sisters of other religious traditions, the Christians are the first victims of persecution,” adds the director. “A time of prayer granted to them by their Catholic co-religionists is the least we can do, and we are very grateful to Msgr. Lépine for this essential time of reflection and spiritual union between those who suffer persecution and those who enjoy one of the greatest religious freedoms!” believes Marie-Claude Lalonde.
A trio of young musicians and singers – directed by singer-songwriter Marie-Jeanne Fontaine – will facilitate the musical part of the Mass. “We hope that many other young people will be joining us. We are launching a special appeal for them to show more solidarity with their brothers and sisters in faith,” concludes Marie-Claude Lalonde.
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
is located at:
1085 rue de la Cathédrale,
For more information, call 514-932-0552,
or toll free: 1-800-585-6333.
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