Buildings across the world were lit up red on Wednesday 22nd November to highlight the persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East. In London, Aid to the Church in Need, who spearhead the #RedWednesday campaign, invited faith leaders, politicians, and people of all faiths and none to come to Westminster Cathedral to watch it be lit up red.
The crowd gathered outside the cathedral heard witness testimonies, music, and speeches by Coptic Orthodox Bishop Angaelos, Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK) and Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Bishop Nicholas Hudson welcomed participants to the vigil, and joined in prayers for all those who have died for their faith, and for a greater awareness of the persecution of Christians.
Down the road the Houses of Parliament were also lit up red, as were a number of cathedrals and places of worship around the UK.