Today, the Czech Republic will join the Red Wednesday initiative in memory of people persecuted for their faith. The symbol of this event is a lit red light symbolizing the blood of those who suffered for their faith. In addition to red lighting, religious and secular buildings, there will be an international conference, a joint Christian-Jewish prayer and a concert.

The international initiative Red Wednesday started in 2016 in the United Kingdom and is being held in the Czech Republic for the fifth time. Red Wednesday is co-organized by the Czech Bishops’ Conference (ČBK), the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic (ERC) and the Federation of Jewish Communities (FŽO) in cooperation with the Institute for Christian Democratic Politics (IKDP) and the international organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Subtitled Persecution for the Faith… How Can I Help? will open the conference program at 1:00 PM in the Brožík Hall of the Old Town Hall. Representatives of international charity and humanitarian organizations from the UK, USA and Germany will speak at the conference. Among them will be Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords who is the founder of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, and Mariam Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian who was originally sentenced to death in her homeland.

At 18:00 there will be a joint prayer of Jews and Christians in Karolina, which will be led by representatives of individual organizations: KBS president, Prague Archbishop Jan Graubner, ERC vice-president Ivana Procházková and Rabbi David Maxa from FJO. After the prayer, the procession will leave Karolina and pass by the red-lit buildings in the center of Prague.

The goal will be the Bethlehem Chapel, where a benefit concert will begin at 8:00 p.m., the proceeds of which will be used to free the mostly Christian slaves kidnapped by Islamic militias in South Sudan, according to the website of Red Wednesday in the Czech Republic.

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