Church bells to ring across France to show solidarity with Middle East Christians


A Christian woman who fled from the violence in Mosul a year ago holds her daughter as her baby sleeps CNS

Six French dioceses will be joined by churches in Switzerland to highlight persecution

Church bells will be rung on the Feast of the Assumption to show solidarity with the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

So far six French bishops have decided the bells will ring out in all churches in their diocese on Saturday, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

Launched by Archbishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, the initiative calls on parishes to gather at noon to show their support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

It is hoped more churches will also take part, with Switzerland confirming Fribourg, Lausanne and Geneva will also ring their church bells tomorrow.


The date coincides with the dramatic events in Iraq a year ago – the fall of Mosul, then Qaraqosh, the country’s largest Christian town, and all the plain of Nineveh, the Christian heartland of Iraq.

Archbishop Jean-Pierre Cattenoz, archbishop of Avignon said the Feast Day of the Assumption was chosen as the Christians in the Middle East have a special devotion to the Virgin.

He said: “This is a gesture of prayer, solidarity, peace and faith. We believe it can have a real impact.”

He added this will be a prayer to ‘Our Lady who brings down the walls’.

“The walls that must fall are vast,” he said.

“Those that separate nations and peoples who are killing each other, but also those that divide communities, including in France.”

Clifton Cathedral in Bristol will ring the bells at 12.30pm on Sunday.


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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