Week of Witness for Persecuted Christians – Archbishop Eamon Martin

by | Nov 27, 2020 | Aid to the Church in Need, Church A, Church Archive, Irish Bishops' Conference

Archbishop Eamon Martin reflects on how Red Wednesday and the Week of Witness is helping to raise awareness of the Persecuted Church.

Set Your Captives Free

Entitled, “Set Your Captives Free”, the report by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity, lists specific cases of Christians detained mainly in Nigeria, Eritrea, Pakistan and China.

It speaks about imprisonment for reasons of conscience, arbitrary detention, unjust trials, inadequate prison conditions, cases of torture and pressure to induce people to abandon the faith.

It was released on Nov. 25 to mark Red Wednesday. During Red Wednesday, many church buildings and monuments are illuminated in red light, a colour associated with martyrdom, to remember those who cannot practice their faith freely throughout the world.