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Around the world places of worship and political buildings are being lit red today to raise awareness about the persecution of Christians. The colour red represents the blood of those who have been killed for their religious beliefs and is used to raise awareness of the extent of Christian persecution and persecution of other faith groups. Throughout the day Christians around the world will be wearing red and attending church services for Christians who are denied the right to openly practice their religion.

The Council of Christians and Jews condemns all religious persecution and has a long history of bringing religious communities together in solidarity with persecuted faith groups beginning in the Second World War. In our 75th year we continue our ‘If Not Now, When?’ campaign which Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described as galvanising “the Jewish Community to use their current and historical experiences of persecution as a catalyst for a compassionate and prayerful response to Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis commended the campaign to Jewish communities stating that “Christians face persecution in over a hundred countries worldwide, more than the adherents of any other religion. Each one of us bears a responsibility to reflect on what we can do for those suffering because of their faith.”

On Red Wednesday the Council of Christians and Jews implores the world to remember the truth of persecution and pursue hope, freedom and justice for all people everywhere.

For more information of how to get involved please visit here.