Running Red

May 2, 2016 / Events
Rome, Lazio

On Friday, April 29th, the association Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (Assist the Suffering Church) held a unique event at the Trevi Fountain to raise awareness about the religious persecution of all faiths worldwide, and of Christians in particular, whether by religious fanaticism or autocratic regimes.

Representatives of various persecuted Christian communities from around the world were present to speak, such as a Chaldean Bishop from Aleppo, Syria, an African student survivor of the University massacre in Kenya last year, a missionary nun who survived the recent Yemeni convent attack, the sister of a priest killed in Turkey in 2006, and friends of the Christian Pakistani minister who was executed in 2011.


Cardinal Bagnasco, the highest ranking Italian prelate, head of the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, was also present and led a prayer for martyrs as well as for all who are oppressed and persecuted.

The event concluded with the lighting up of the Trevi Fountain with red floodlights, the symbolic color of martyrdom.




by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

9 Responses to “Running Red”

  1. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Many thanks GB for posting this both disturbing yet positive news so that we might all join in awareness and hopes at the same time for more compassion in the world.

  2. Colleen Simpson

    Thank you so much for posting this. We all need to be more aware of the suffering in our world. The photos are so beautiful.

  3. Jack Litewka

    Important that you covered this. Good that you kept it short, which (to me) increased the impact of your reportage.

  4. Hopefully events like this wake up the world to the sufferings of Christians all over the world. Grazie GB

  5. Patrizia

    Thank you so much for posting such an important event. I hope suffering Christians and the oppressed around the world will see it and know they are not forgotten.


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