Youth asked to rally for persecuted Christians

ACN Scotland's head of operations Lorraine McMahon and communications executive Michael Robinson came up with the idea of the youth rally to support the Solidarity campaign.
ACN Scotland's head of operations Lorraine McMahon and communications executive Michael Robinson came up with the idea of the youth rally to support the Solidarity campaign.

Carfin Grotto is to host a national youth rally highlighting the plight of Christians targeted by IS extremists.

A charity with a Motherwell base hopes to bring together representatives of every Catholic high school in Scotland for the event.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was set up in Germany in 1947 to help persecuted Christians around the world and works with more than 5,000 projects in 140 countries.

Among those most at risk at the moment are Christians living in Iraq and Syria.

ACN has now launched its Solidarity campaign, the logo for which is the very same Arabic symbol for N (Nazarene) that IS uses as an 
intimidation tactic.

ACN hopes every school in Scotland will take the pledge ‘to stand in solidarity with Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need’.

St Aidan’s High in Wishaw were the first to sign up the cause and invitations are now being sent out to all 58 Catholic high schools in Scotland.

They are also being invited to send representatives to Carfin Grotto for a youth rally on Thursday, June 11, which will be led by Bishops John Keenan and Stephen Robson.

ACN communications executive in Scotland Michael Robinson said: “Due to the activities of IS, Iraq and Syria have become our number one priority as we seek to help the Christians living there.

“We work with schools to encourage global citizenship and the Scottish office came up with the idea of the Solidarity pledge and subsequently the youth rally.

“We hope to have 1,500-2,000 youngsters at Carfin Grotto for the event which works out at about 15 per school.

“We want to let Christians under the threat or actually suffering persecution to know we are with them.

“The campaign and rally has the full support of ACN’s headquarters in Germany and if it goes well then perhaps we’ll see them being held across the world.”

For more information visit www.acnuk.org, follow @ACN_Scotland on twitter or find ACN Scotland office on Facebook.