The 13th edition of the Night of Witnesses pays tribute to Christians in Nigeria, Armenia and Sri Lanka

Like every year, the French branch of Aid to the Church in Need organizes its Night of Witnesses. The 13th edition of this prayer vigil, which is being held from January 22 to 28, 2022, pays particular tribute to Christians in Nigeria, Armenia and Sri Lanka, persecuted because of their faith.

From January 22 to 28, 2022, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is organizing the 13th edition of its Night of Witnesses in five cities in France: Marseille, Albi, Cambrai, Chartres and Paris.

This prayer vigil, which aims to pay tribute to persecuted Christians, more particularly this year, in Nigeria, Armenia and Sri Lanka, will conclude at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart tomorrow evening in Paris.

Thus several visitors from Asia and Africa will be present to carry “the word of the Christians for whom they are responsible”.

Starting with Father Janith Kaushakya, a priest in Sri Lanka, where the trial of the terrorists behind the 2019 Easter attacks, which killed 267 people, will begin in a few days.

Nun Haguinta Mouradian will also be present. She will testify to the situation of Christians in Armenia, a country traumatized by the 44-day war which opposed it to Azerbaijan at the end of 2020.

Finally, two priests, Clément Emefu and Jean Suakor made the trip from Nigeria. In this African country, Christians are particularly targeted and regularly suffer attacks and kidnappings. More than 12 Christians have been murdered there since 000.

Testimonies that will arouse "our prayer and our generosity", believes Alix Montagne, President of the AED.

“Let us not forget them: let us be many to listen to them and support them. We will then ourselves be witnesses of the faith and hope that dwell in them, even in the heart of desolation,” she added.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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