August 22: First UN World Day for Victims of Religious Persecution
Aid to the Church in Need estimates that one in five Christians in the world live in countries where there is persecution or religious discrimination.
On August 22 the UN, for the first time, will dedicate this day in remembrance for the victims of religiously motivated violence.
The resolution was passed on May 28 after the proposal of Poland, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
This initiative is widely applauded by organizations that are aware of the anguish suffered by religious minorities in intolerant countries.