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Pray for persecuted Christians Nov. 26 to Dec. 2

The U.S. Bishops have called for a Day of Prayer for Perscuted Christians on Nov. 26, the feast of Christ the King, followed by "Solidarity in Suffering," a week of awareness and education about Christian persecution.
 
Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries, estimates that 7,100 Christians died for their faith in 2015, which represents a 300% rise from 2013. 
 
Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics in the diocese to remember persecuted Christians on Nov. 26 during the Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians and to participate in “Solidarity in Suffering,” a week of awareness and education which follows from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2.
 
The Day of Prayer and the week that follows have been called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in response to the growing rate of hostility and violence being perpetrated against Christians around the world who are persecuted for their religious beliefs. (What is Christian persecution?
 
The Conference is collaborating with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and Aid to the Church in Need on this observance.
 
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.” 

Pray

• Pray daily for persecuted Christians in the Middle East as well as those in other areas of the world such as India and North Korea. Use this prayer from the Knights of Columbus or CRS (English | Spanish) or create your own.
• Light a candle for persecuted Christians

Learn & Share

• Access educational materials produced as part of the findings of the "Under Caesar’s Sword Project," a joint effort from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University.
• View the Open Doors USA World Watch List, a means of tracking and measuring the extent of persecution in the world
• As you learn more about Christian persecution share what you learn with others through discussion and social media. Use the #SolidarityinSuffering on social media.

Help

• Support organizations such as CRS, Knights of Columbus, and Aid to the Church in Need that directly serve persecuted Christians is various ways.
• Contact Maggie Walsh, diocesan social justice coordinator, at mwalsh@ccwestmi.org or 616-340-1824 if you would like to learn more about ways to help.