One person in two lives in a country where religious freedom is not respected. More than 200 million Christians suffer grave restrictions and sometimes even risk their lives to practice their faith. To say all this to the world, more than 300 young people plan a 'flash mob' for religious freedom in the centre of Paris, in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame on 12 April.
This initiative is promoted by the French section of Aid to the Church in Need. It will be followed by the 'Night of the Witness', now in its fifth year, in which clergy, religious and laypeople from around the world converge on Paris, for an evening of prayer and testimony.
Among the speakers there will be Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria. Msgr Ignace Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church, Bishop Gregory Elias Tabe, Archbishop of Damascus, Syria, Mgr Arturo Gonzallez Amador, Bishop of Santa Clara in Cuba and Sister Bounmy, Religious of Charity in Laos.
For more information about Notre Dame Cathedral, visit their beautiful website (which has a nice children's section): www.notredamedeparis.fr/
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