Thank you for Making a Stand for Faith and Freedom
PEOPLE all across the UK and the world took part in this years #RedWednesday – with cathedrals, churches, schools, colleges and universities all Making a Stand for Faith and Freedom.
In London, iconic buildings and landmarks including Marble Arch, Lambeth Palace and the Houses of Parliament were all flood-lit red as people joined a candle-light procession to Westminster Cathedral.
In front of the cathedral, emblazoned in red, guest speaking including Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, Assistant Secretary General of Muslim Council of Great Britain and Bishop Angelous spoke out against religiously motivated persecution. Watch Sheikh Morgra’s full address here.
During a live video link with Aleppo, people in the cathedral piazza came face to face with Antoine, a Christian man from Aleppo supported by ACN who described how he was held by Daesh (ISIS) for 62 days before making a miraculous escape.
Earlier that day, the #RedWednesday red bus had criss-crossed the streets of London, starting at Southwark Cathedral, and stopping at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, St Paul’s Cathedral, All Souls, Langham Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square before winding up at Parliament Square where a gathering took place with speeches and an opportunity for people to meet Parliamentarians.
In Scotland, St Mirin’s Catholic Cathedral, Paisley, Scotland went red, and in the Scottish Parliament there was a #RedWednesday event including a presentation of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report.
ACN’s Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Patricia Hatton said: “Our thanks to all those who came out in the rain yesterday for this the third year of the #RedWednesday campaign.
“We are asking people of all faiths and none to speak up for ourselves in the UK and for the silenced and suffering communities around the world.”
Other countries participating in #RedWednesday included France where the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Great Synagogue of Paris went red, as did the Rialto Bridge, in Italy, Venice.
In the Philippines, 47 cathedrals and 29 basilicas were also floodlit red.