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From Syria to Slovakia, buildings are lit up in support of persecuted Christians

From Syria to Slovakia, buildings are lit up in support of persecuted Christians

Königstein, Germany, Dec 2, 2021 / 05:20 am (CNA).

By CNA Staff

Hundreds of buildings across the world were lit up in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Red Week, an annual event organized by the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

This year’s commemoration, on Nov. 17-24, marked the first time that the eastern European countries of Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken part in the event, with Kyiv’s Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and Sarajevo Cathedral illuminated in red.

Another highlight was the participation of the Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo, Syria. The cathedral was badly damaged in the country’s ongoing war but rebuilt with help from ACN.

Also lit up in red were Sacré-Cœur in the French capital, Paris, and the cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart in Australia.

On Red Wednesday, the final day of Red Week, ACN released a report declaring the treatment of Christian minority women and girls in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia a “human rights catastrophe.”

At the start of Red Week, the pontifical foundation announced it was donating $5.6 million to help Christian communities in Lebanon and Syria.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Red Week 2021 is marked in Bosnia and Herzegovina. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Quebec, Canada
Red Week 2021 is marked in Quebec, Canada. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Aleppo, Syria
Red Week 2021 is marked in Aleppo, Syria. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Trnava, Slovakia.
Red Week 2021 is marked in Trnava, Slovakia. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Canada
Red Week 2021 is marked in Canada. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria
Red Week 2021 is marked at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Poznań, Poland.
Red Week 2021 is marked in Poznań, Poland. | Damian Niemczal.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Poznań, Poland
Red Week 2021 in Poznań, Poland. | Damian Niemczal.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Belgium
Red Week 2021 is marked in Belgium. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Red Week 2021 is marked in Kyiv, Ukraine
Red Week 2021 is marked in Kyiv, Ukraine. | Aid to the Church in Need.

 

 

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