“Christians are the most persecuted religious community in the world. This fact must not be concealed ”, emphasized LAbg. Caroline Hungry countries (ÖVP) and the spokesman for Christian Democracy. Jan Ledochowski, on the occasion of the flash mob against the persecution of Christians. This took place on yesterday’s international Red Wednesday, which is organized by the Catholic aid organization “Church in Need”.
On this day public buildings and churches are illuminated in red to draw attention to the worldwide persecution of Christians. Numerous Viennese gathered in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral to read together from the book “Die 21” by Martin Mosebach. Including numerous Coptic and Syrian Orthodox youth – as representatives of the churches, which are among the most persecuted groups. The Vienna Auxiliary Bishop Franz Scharl also took part in the event.
The book is about the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by IS. “With these terrifying descriptions, we want to draw attention to the dramatic situation of persecuted Christians,” the two continued. According to the World Persecution Index of the organization Open Doors, the intensity of the persecution of Christians has increased worldwide over the past year as well. Currently, around 309 million Christians in the 50 countries in the World Persecution Index are exposed to very high to extreme levels of persecution. The OSCE’s “Hate Crime Data” report documented a sharp rise in hate crimes against Christians in Europe over the past year.
“The official figures show that discrimination against Christians is also becoming a problem in Europe,” says Ledochowski. We have to face this worrying development. As a city of human rights, Vienna in particular bears a special responsibility. “The city of Vienna must clearly condemn the worldwide persecution of Christians and profess itself in our city to protect Christian minorities who have fled their homeland from religious persecution”, appealed Hungry countries finally.