Denver Newsroom, 30 December, 2021 / 12:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Christians continue to face persecution across the globe but there are many signs of hope, according to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
“The year 2021 has been marked by gratitude and concern,” wrote Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN, in a Dec. 27 statement.
Heine-Geldern expressed gratitude for the success of ACN’s annual report on religious freedom, as well as the Red Week initiative, which involves the illumination of tens of thousands of churches and institutions in red to raise awareness about the ongoing persecution of Christians.
This month’s consecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain offered “a ray of hope for the coexistence of Christians and Muslims in the Arab world,” he wrote. The cathedral’s construction was co-sponsored by ACN.
He also thanked Pope Francis for his trip to Iraq, which he said brought hope and solace to Christians in the war-torn country.