Aubege de Castille in red remembering those who died for their beliefs

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Aubege de Castille in red remembering those who died for their beliefsWith the permission of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the Auberge de Castille will be floodlit in red tomorrow evening between 7.00pm and 11.00pm, in memory of all those who were killed for their religious beliefs.

It will be taking place on the day of with the launch in Malta of a major report published by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need at Good Shepherd church in Balzan.

Persecution of Christians has reached the highest historic levels, the report warns, with growing attacks on the faithful by governments and fundamentalist groups including ISIS and Boko Haram.

Christianity is “the world’s most oppressed faith community,”states the report, adding that anti-Christian persecution in the worst regions has reached “a new peak” and its impact is “only now beginning to be felt in all its horror.”

The illumination of the Auberge de Castille is part of a major Europe-wide campaign conceived by Aid to the Church in Need to honour the victims of religious hatred worldwide and raise awareness of religious persecution.

ACN said that the aim is to promote faith and tolerance in society, encourage everyone to stand in solidarity with victims of persecution, and oppose violence and oppression carried out in the name of religion.

Christian groups from across the UK took part in the initiative and yesterday, 30 cathedrals, churches, universities and schools were floodlit in red. Rome’s Trevi fountain, the Eiffel Tower and the Redeemer statue in Brazil were also illuminated previously.

John Pontifex, editor of the Report, said the illuminations represented, “an opportunity for us to remember that there are many thousands of people, not least Christians but also people of other faiths, being killed or persecuted because of the faith that they profess.”

Aid to the Church in Need’s Persecuted and Forgotten? 2015-17 report can be seen here.

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