ACN’s Persecuted and Forgotten? report 2015-17 is officially launched in Malta
ACN’s Persecuted and Forgotten? report 2015-17 was launched in Malta on 17 November 2017. The official launch, which took place in Good Shepherd church, Balzan was attended by ACN benefactors and staff, local clergy and religious.
Stephen Axisa, National Director of ACN Malta, delivered the Opening Address and introduced the next speaker Rev Prof Hector Scerri, Ecclesiastical Assistant to ACN Malta. The Keynote Speaker, Syrian priest Fr Firas Lutfi OFM, came to Malta to speak at the launch. He gave a moving and thought-proving account of his pastoral and humanitarian work with families during five years of war in Aleppo.
Later on Friday evening the Auberge de Castille, the Prime Minister’s Office, was floodlit in red from 7.00 – 11.00pm in memory of all those who were killed for their religious beliefs. This illumination was arranged to coincide with the launch of Persecuted and Forgotten? in Malta.
The biannual ACN Persecuted and Forgotten? the report, which assesses the situation regarding the persecution of Christians worldwide, draws on research by journalists, NGOs, academics and clergy. The latest report warns that persecution of Christians in the worst regions has reached record historic levels, with increasing attacks on the faithful by governments and fundamentalist groups including ISIS and Boko Haram.