The Scottish Youth Rally at Carfin Grotto next month is set to be an international affair.
The event at noon on Thursday, June 11, is being organised by the Scottish office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the charity for suffering Christians.
Representatives from every Catholic high school in Scotland have been invited to attend with more than 1,000 youngsters expected to come together on the day.
Lorraine McMahon, ACN’s head of operations in Scotland, said: “The Scottish Youth Rally is an opportunity for the youth of this country to stand together in solidarity with the millions of suffering and persecuted Christians all around the world.”
Michael Robinson, ACN’s communications executive in Scotland, added: “There can be no doubt that the violence and oppression experienced by Christians has become so severe that in parts of the world – notably in the Middle East and Nigeria – they are faced with extinction.”
Among those giving talks will be Father Ambrose Ohene from Nigeria who will speak on the threat of Boko Haram, while Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, has also been invited to address the rally.
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley will represent the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and the leaders of every political party in Scotland have been invited to attend.
Lorraine said: “To the political leaders I say, please don’t be indifferent to the issues faced by persecuted Christians.
“Come and join us to learn about the forgotten human rights issue of the day.”
Those unable to attend will be able to follow the rally on Twitter @ACN_Scotland using #ACNYouthRally.