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Famous monuments lit in red around the world for persecuted Christians


#RedWeek is held between the 17th and the 24th of November to draw attention to the persecution of Christians all over the world.

“Hundreds of cathedrals, churches, monuments and public buildings around the world will be lit up in red throughout the week of the 17th of November to the 24th in an international campaign aimed at raising the alarm over the rise of religious persecution”, reads Vatican News.

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) pontifical foundation has been organising the #RedWeek every November since 2015.

This year’s campaign involved Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, the first building lit in red on the 17th of November. “A long list of buildings will be illuminated in red, among them the Cathedrals of Montreal and Toronto in Canada, the Basilica of Montmartre in Paris, and major buildings in Slovakia,” a press release reports, adding that in Australia, schoolchildren in six dioceses plan to wear red clothes during the week, while people in Belgium will light candles for persecuted Christians.

Last year, Hungary also joined the initiative by lighting the Chain bridge of Budapest in Red.

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