Overnight vigil planned in support of Iraqi Christians
By John Pontifex
10 April 2015
PEOPLE from across Manchester and beyond are to take part in an overnight vigil – the first of its kind – being held in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians and others who suffer oppression.
ONE NIGHT for Religious Freedom will take place at Holy Name Church, Oxford Road, central Manchester on Saturday, 18th April, starting at 8pm.
Organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need and hosted by the Jesuits at the Holy Name, ONE NIGHT has received support from large sections of the community in a city now home to 18,000 people with Iraqi origins.
Event organiser Caroline Hull, ACN UK’s Manager for the North West, said: “ONE NIGHT is a chance for all of us to stand together in solidarity with the thousands of suffering and persecuted Iraqis now living in camps in Kurdish Northern Iraq, as well as in neighbouring countries like Lebanon and Jordan.
“While many displaced and refugee Iraqis are Christians, there are substantial numbers from other religious minorities, notably Shi’a Muslims and Yezidis.
“ONE NIGHT offers a chance for all to come together with the goal of more open discussion, increased understanding and greater tolerance of different faiths.”
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