IC goes red to honour modern martyrs

IC goes red to honour modern martyrs Red Wednesday, Knock Photo: CatholicIreland.net
Claire Fitzpatrick

Eleven Christians are killed for their faith every day, while thousands of others face relentless persecution for their belief in Christ. That’s why The Irish Catholic is turning our iconic masthead red this week to highlight the coming ‘Red Wednesday’.

The commemoration – November 27 this year – is a day organised by Aid to the Church in Need Ireland in which prayer vigils are held in parishes throughout the country. People are also encouraged to wear red to symbolise the blood being shed for the Faith.

According to Dr Michael Kinsella, Director of ACN Ireland, “at no other point in human history has the persecution of Christians – existentially and spiritually – ever been as bad”.

The Week of Witness, held this year from November 25 to December 1, is an invitation to the Faithful in Ireland to rise in support of persecuted Christians around the world who are discriminated against, tortured and die for their Faith according to Dr Kinsella.

“It’s not just about remembering the persecuted, it’s about praying for the persecutors as well, because that’s what Jesus calls us to do,” he said.