St Eugene’s to turn red over Christian deaths

St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry.
St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry.

Derry’s St. Eugene’s Cathedral will be ‘lit up red’ tomorrow as part of a major campaign highlighting the persecution of Christians around the world.

The #RedWednesday initiative calls on people to ‘Stand up for Faith and Freedom’ and is also designed to shine a light on the persecution of Christians and other faith groups around the world.

St. Eugene’s is among dozens of cathedrals around Britain and Ireland which will be turning red- the colour of martyrdom- tomorrow as part of a week-long series of events.

Others taking part in projects this week include Armagh’s Catholic Cathedral, St. Margaret’s Cathedral in Ayr, Scotland, both the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals in Birmingham and Westminster Cathedral, London.

The event is being organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in partnership with Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

It follows the launch of ACN’s ‘2017 Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith’.

The report concluded that the persecution of Christians reached a high water mark from 2015 to 2017, with growing attacks on the faithful by Daesh (ISIS), Boko Haram and other fundamentalist groups.

Schools are also getting involved by wearing red and raising money for Aid to the Church in Need.

Schools materials can be downloaded from www.acnuk.org/redwednesday