Religious persecution: Houses of Parliament to be floodlit red on 22nd November

Nov 19, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

22nd November is Red Wednesday. The Palace of Westminster will be bathed in red, along with Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Lambeth Palace, and many churches and cathedrals across the United Kingdom. Last year synagogues and mosques also joined in, for Red Wednesday is set aside as the day we shine a light on all those who are persecuted for their religious belief, and stand up for faith and freedom for all.

Red Wednesday is the initiative of Aid to the Church in Need, which supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need. They write:

The decision for the iconic building in central London to go red on the evening of Wednesday, 22nd November was made jointly by John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords.

Both Speakers were lobbied by parliamentarians, many of whom had been contacted by constituents inspired by #RedWednesday’s message of religious tolerance.

…At 6pm on 22nd November a solidarity service will take place outside Westminster Cathedral, with talks, witness testimonies, a video message by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, music and speeches by Coptic Orthodox Bishop Angaelos, Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, Aid to the Church in Need (UK) and Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Throughout the day, a traditional London red bus emblazoned with #RedWednesday slogans will be criss-crossing the capital, stopping at London landmarks.

The objective is to heighten awareness of the fact that Christians are now the most persecuted people on earth. In Egypt:

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