Prince Charles condemns evil persecution in special video message
By Murcadha O Flaherty
HRH The Prince of Wales has today (Thursday, 22nd December) released a message describing the “evil” of religious persecution today.
The Prince’s message – broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’– was inspired by Aid to the Church in Need’s recently released Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report.
HRH goes on to highlight the report’s key finding that extremism is seeking to eliminate all types of religious diversity.
Prince Charles speaks out against the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadis, Baha’is and other groups and stresses how for some people religious freedom is a daily stark choice between life and death.
The Prince, who has also made a video recording of his message exclusively for Aid to the Church in Need, opens his remarks by giving an account of how, at a meeting to discuss the report’s findings, he received a first-hand account of persecution from Syria-based Jesuit priest Father Ziad Hilal.
Referring to how the new-born Jesus Christ and his family fled persecution – as did the Prophet Mohammed more than six centuries later – the Prince concludes his message by paying tribute to minority faith groups who today are seeking sanctuary abroad.
• The full video of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Christmas message is available on the Aid to the Church in Need UK website – www.acnuk.org/hrhprincecharlesmessage
• Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World Report is available on www.religion-freedom-report.org
Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. ACN is a Catholic charity – helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.
The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, Aid to the Church in Need’s Child’s Bible – God Speaks to his Children has been translated into 172 languages and 50 million copies have been distributed all over the world.
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