ACN Event 2011 : Persecuted and Forgotten?

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No, not forgotten were the words of Archbishop Vincent Nichols as he welcomed Archbishop Bashar Warda at Westminster Hall on the evening of Thursday the 17 March 2011.

The visit of Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in Iraq coincided with the launch of a report by Aid to The Church in Need on religious freedom which revealed that three-quarters of religious persecution that goes on in the world today is sadly against Christians. The day at Westminster began with a reception which was followed by a press conference at The Friary

A special St Patrick's Day mass accompanied by a full choir was then held at Westminster Cathedral

where both archbishops came together to give communion to the many who gathered

before convening at Westminster Hall where following a brief introduction by Archbishop Nichols, the proceedings were then chaired by Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK director of ACN 

who handed the floor over to John Pontifex, the  co-author of Persecuted and Forgotten? for an account of his experience when out in the field meeting Christians who are persecuted for their faith.

The evening continued with a speech by Archbishop Bashar Warda who then took questions from the audience before the evening drew to a conclusion.

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