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Stand up for Faith and Freedom



This campaign calls for respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different traditions. Simply because of their religious beliefs, people in many parts of the world suffer name-calling, harrassment, denial of jobs, homelessness, physical abuse, kidnap, false imprisonment, torture and even murder. 

Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love. We, Presentation Sisters, support this campaign as we know that in a world where the fear of being different, prejudice and narrow-mindedness lead to suffering, we must work towards transending divisions and bear witness to the gospel of love and unity. We respect people of all faiths, traditions and cultures, and join with those who promote a more inclusive community of life. As an international Congregation our lives are enriched through the diversity of cultures among us. (Our Way of Life, C12). 

The Trevi Fountain last year was illuminated in red to give recognition for all Christians who have given their life for their faith


Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Ireland are running a week of events from 19 – 26 November, with #RedWednesday being the high-light on 22 November. This day will see many landmarks worldwide illuminated in red. Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Ireland encourage us to wear something red: a tie or scarf, as a symbolic reminder of the many Christians who have shed blood for their Christian faith. We are also encouraged to remember the witness and sacrifice of past and present martyrs by praying the Angelus at 12 noon and 6pm. 

A Prayer for Persecuted Christians

God of all the nations, the One God who is and was and always will be, in your providence you willed that your Church be united to the suffering of your Son. 

Look with mercy on your servants who are persecuted for their faith in you. 

Grant them the perseverance and courage to be worthy imitators of Christ. Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations to work for peace among all peoples. May your Spirit open conversion for those who contradict your will, that we may live in harmony. 

Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom, and to always seek your will in our lives. 

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us. 

—Archbishop William E. Lori

To read find out more about this campaign and the events taking place go to www.acnireland.org/redwednesday