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Red Wednesday: “Unfortunately, one week is not enough!”

A Video to Remember

Montreal, Tuesday, December 1, 2020At the gates of Advent, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) now holds its annual Red Week, during which the international organization raises awareness of the phenomena of religious persecution against Christians and religious freedom around the world. On November 18th, the Canadian office of ACN held a virtual event where several witnesses spoke-out, to reiterate that, unfortunately, persecution of Christians is still on the rise. The video of this event is now available on the ACN Canada YouTube page.

Saint John’s parish in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany, Red Wednesday 2020.

“Unfortunately, one week is not enough! “says Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). “We want to make this audio-visual material available in all simplicity, because the testimonies it contains can help us better understand the extent of to which Christians are persecuted around the world.” Three witnesses have, from their country of origin, agreed to tell what has been happening in their country: Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Abuja (capital of Nigeria), Sister Micheline Lattouf, a religious from the community of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon, and Father James Channan, a Dominican and director of the Center for Peace in Lahore, Pakistan.

In addition, the video – subtitled in English and French – features interventions by the Archbishops of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as the stories of Asia Bibi and Sister Meena Barwa, two women who were victims of persecution. “The telling of their stories made it obvious: women are doubly victimized in many countries, because in addition to being Christian, being a woman is already a source of discrimination,” explains Ms. Lalonde. The video is available at the following address: https://bit.ly/RWReplay

Saint Michael’s Cathedral, November 18, 2020.

Red Week Around the World

From November 18 to 25, Red Week became the occasion to illuminate in red, the color of the blood of the martyrs, several emblematic buildings around the world. Whether in Australia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, the Philippines or the United Kingdom, to name just a few. In Rio de Janeiro, it was the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer that caught the attention, while in Ireland, it was the Cathedral of Armagh that was in the spotlight. In Hungary, the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest and in Slovakia, the Slovak National Uprising Bridge and Bratislava Castle were illuminated. Finally, in Canada, Montreal and Toronto cathedrals were also illuminated. 

For more information on Aid to the Church in Need Canada: www.acn-canada.org

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