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21st November 2017


St Patrick's, Huddersfield and St Joseph's, Pontefract are joining Leeds Cathedral and 50 other churches, cathedrals and schools across the UK tonight for #Red Wednesday, when public buildings will be floodlit red and parishes will hold prayer vigils for persecuted Christians.


The initiative, on 22nd November, shines a light on all people persecuted for their religious beliefs and calls for action in support of faith and freedom. Red is chosen as the colour of suffering and martyrdom.


In the Diocese of Leeds, children from two of the Catholic Primary Schools in Huddersfield - St Patrick's in Birkby and Our Lady of Lourdes in Sheepridge - are wearing something red for the day.  The same goes for the children in Pontefract, at St Joseph's School and Holy Family & St Michael's, as they join in this act of solidarity and witness.


Wakefield Town Hall has also pledged to light up red for religious freedom from dusk this evening, joining the Houses of Parliament and at least 12 cathedrals – including Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals in Birmingham. 


#RedWednesday is the highlight of a week of events ending on 26th November, organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in partnership with Christian Solidarity Worldwide.


To find out more, cut and paste this link into your browser to visit: https://acnuk.org/campaign/redwednesday/