Westminister Cathedral lit up red © Weenson Oo/picture-u.net

Standing in solidarity with those suffering for their faith

By John Newton

#REDWEDNESDAY is a sign to those who suffer for their faith around the world that they are not forgotten – according to the newly appointed Coptic Orthodox Bishop of London.  

Bishop D'Cruze with religious sisters and Khasi boys and girls under their care © Aid to the Church in Need

Most of the Catholics in the country are tribal peoples, who are still fighting for recognition of their rights 

By Maria Lozano

Bangladesh is awaiting the visit of Pope Francis from 30th November to 2nd December. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and the third most populous Muslim nation in the world, after Indonesia and Pakistan. In line with his desire to “go out to the peripheries”, Pope Francis will be visiting the small Catholic community in the country, which represents less than one percent of the population. The motto of the papal visit is “harmony and peace” – a vitally important subject in a country where life is by no means easy for the Christian minority. 

By John Pontifex 

Persecuted Christians in Iraq are to take part in today’s #RedWednesday as the campaign to promote faith and freedom goes global. 

By Josemaria E Claro (in Manila)

Aid to the Church in Need in the Philippines will join ACN (UK) in holding #RedWednesday as support for the initiative gains momentum around the world.  

Pope Francis inspects the Lamborghini that was donated to assist charitable causes © Aid to the Church in Need

By Marta Petrosillo 

“Iraqi Christians were deeply moved by the gesture of the Holy Father,” said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphaël I Sako to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Pope Francis has promised to donate a part of the funds raised from the auction of a special edition Lamborghini Huracan to charities including ACN. The Holy Father recently received the sports car as a gift. Pope Francis would like to use some of the proceeds from the auction to support Aid to the Church in Need’s project for Christians returning to their villages on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. 

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