Up to 200 million people are affected by persecution around the world. Each year, the Archdiocese of Montreal, in collaboration with Aid to the Church in Need, holds a Mass inviting everyone to pray in solidarity with those who are persecuted and suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs. You are invited November 21, 7:30 p.m., at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
Starting this year, the mass for persecuted Christians will be celebrated on the third Wednesday of November, corresponding to the "#RedWednesday" campaign, which devotes the entire day to persecuted Christians around the world. This worldwide initiative, whose extraordinary momentum began with the ACN team in Brazil some years ago deciding to flood the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro with red light, has been sweeping the globe with many places of worship signing-on to be lit up in red as a symbol of solidarity and awareness to the significant problem of the persecution of Christians in the world today.
Today, 200 million Christians are persecuted at various degrees across the world. Because of their faith, they endure discrimination,they get scorned, they get arrested, they get incarcerated, they get tortured and sometimes they even get killed. It is estimated that 75% of acts of violence for religious reasons are perpetrated against Christians, which makes them the most persecuted group.
In solidarity with Christians who suffer for their faith, we cordially invite you to participate in this evening of contemplation on behalf of our brothers and sisters who live in some of the harshest realities, miles away from our North American reality.
November 21 - 7:30 p.m.
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral