The Sacré Coeur in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio will be illuminated in red on Wednesday evening "to alert on the persecution of Christians in the world", we informed the organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
This initiative, organized since 2015 in the third week of November, will continue this year in a dozen countries, said the French branch of the Catholic organization. In France, the Sacré Coeur will be illuminated from dusk until midnight, with a prayer vigil planned for 21 p.m.
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The event will also take place at the basilica of Lourdes and in several cathedrals (Chartres, Bourges, Gap...) "The illumination in red of cathedrals, churches and sanctuaries will symbolize the blood shed and the oppressed Christian faith.
We want to make visible the invisible and silent violence suffered by so many Christians around the world,” said Benoît de Blanpré, director of AED France, in a press release.
The ACN anticipates that the initiative will also be carried out "in hundreds of churches, monuments and buildings" around the world, including St. Stephen's Square in Vienna, Austria, Dresden Cathedral in Germany and the from Melbourne, Australia.
The embassies to the Holy See (of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Italy, Spain, etc.) will also be illuminated.
In 2022, due to the energy crisis, the Sacré Coeur was content to ring the bells. The action had also been hampered in previous years by the health crisis.
The Editorial Board (with AFP)