Listen to the voices of women and girls, says bishop

Bishop Declan Lang has called on Catholics in England & Wales to pray for women and girls who suffer because of their faith.

Red Wednesday (24 November 2021), is a day devoted to the injustice of Christian persecution.

Cathedrals, churches and other landmark buildings are lit red as a symbolic gesture to show solidarity with the world’s suffering Christians and those of other faiths persecuted for their religious beliefs.

This year’s focus is on the kidnap, forced marriage and conversion, rape and sexual enslavement of Christian women and girls.

Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton and Lead Bishop for International Affairs, wants Catholics to join him in prayer for those abused for their faith.

He said: “Pope Francis calls us to never ‘look the other way and let the dignity of women, especially young women, be trampled upon.’ It is essential that we listen to the voices of women and girls who have suffered abduction, violence, or forced marriage, including those targeted because of their Christian faith.

“I am grateful to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for drawing attention to this issue and supporting survivors across the world.

“As we mark Red Wednesday, I hope that Catholics throughout England and Wales will join me in praying for everyone who has been affected by these human rights abuses and all those working for change.”

ACN has published a report that focuses on this persecution – Hear Her Cries: The kidnapping, forced conversion and sexual victimisation of Christian women and girls.

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