28 February 2018

Rome, Aleppo and Mosul lit up in red in solidarity with Christian martyrs

On the initiative of ACN - Aid to the Church in Need - on Saturday, February 24, the Colosseum in Rome and two churches in Aleppo and Mosul turned red in memory of the blood shed by Christians in the world.

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Monuments lit up in red to rip the veil of indifference of the international community on the persecutions of Christians in the world.
It is the initiative proposed by ACN, Aid to the Church in Need, a Pontifical Foundation created in 1947 to support the Church in the world, especially where the Church is persecuted.

This is how Saturday, February 24th, three symbolic places, the Colosseum in Rome, the Church of St. Paul in Mosul, in Iraq ,and the Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo, Syria, simultaneousy turned red, in memory of blood shed by Christian martyrs.

"We want to tell the whole world that we insist on overcoming evil with good, hatred with love”, insisted the Maronite Archbishop of Aleppo, Mons. Joseph Tobji.

Signs of hope came from Mosul, where Father Jalal Yako, together with a few Muslims, testified their closeness.

Together with numerous religious authorities, the relatives of Asia Bibi, a Catholic Pakistani who was imprisoned for 10 years and sentenced to death for blasphemy and the family of Rebecca Bitrus, one of the Christian women kidnapped by Boko Aram in Nigeria, were also present in Rome.

According to the 2018 Report of the Portes Ouvertes NGO: from the beginning of November 2016 to the end of October 2017, over 215 million Christians have suffered persecution, becoming the most oppressed community in the world.