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From November 22nd to November 26th, 'Aid to the Church in Need' Ireland invites parishes across the country to join in a Week of Witness for suffering and persecuted Christians. This special week involves important talks and exhibitions throughout the island of Ireland on the theme of Christian persecution. During the ‘Week of Witness’, ACN Ireland will hold the Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil with the prayerful assistance of dioceses and parishes throughout the country. Red Wednesday is an opportunity for the faithful to gather as a community of worshippers to publicly affirm their thanks to God, their spiritual union with persecuted Christians - and to pray for those who persecuted the Church and Her faithful.

Please mark this week in your parish or faith community remembering that:

80% of all acts of religious persecution are committed against Christians.

245 million Christians are facing extreme persecution for their faith.

Christians in more than 95 countries face persecution for their faith everyday.

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