Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to remember persecuted Christians on Sunday, November 26 during the Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians and participate in “Solidarity in Suffering”, a week of awareness and education which follows from November 26 to December 2. The events have been called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in response to the growing rate of Christians who are being persecuted for their faith around the world. Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization which highlights the plight of persecuted Christians, estimates that 7,100 Christians died for their faith in 2015, which represents a 300% rise from 2013.
The USCCB has said, “To focus attention on the plight of Christians and other minorities is not to ignore the suffering of others. Rather, by focusing on the most vulnerable members of society, we strengthen the entire fabric of society to protect the rights of all.”
Like the “Share the Journey” Campaign, we can read stories, watch videos and be attentive to the news about our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have inhabited the region for more than 2,000 years.