The city of Venice was illuminated in red light Tuesday night to show solidarity to the Christian woman Asia Bibi, recently acquitted of blasphemy but still stuck in Pakistan, and to all persecuted Christians all around the world.
The vent was organised by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, Venice municipality and the Patriarchate of Venice.
Basilica S. Maria della Salute, the water of Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto were lit up in the color red to bring awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message on the Pope’s behalf: “The Holy Father is sending his affectionate greetings to the young people taking part in the diocesan pilgrimage to sensitize public opinion on the drama of numerous Christians persecuted for their faith.”
Approximately 215 million Christians experience high, very high or extreme persecution for following Jesus.
Many cases of Christian persecution are going unnoticed by the international community, the United Nations human rights expert has warned.