Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 23, 2021 / 16:40 pm
The head of the Knights of Columbus is asking for the order's members to consider "a last-minute Christmas gift": saying a nine-day novena, starting Christmas Eve, on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world.
"In recent weeks, there have been threats of attacks made against Christians and Christian churches in more than a few parts of the world," Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly wrote in an email.
"A friend of the Knights, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, Nigeria, was recently interviewed about the increased threats and violence. When asked if he had a message for Christians around the world, he said simply, 'we want you to support us with your prayers … without your prayers we may not be able to survive.'”
The Novena For Persecuted Christians begins on Dec. 24 and concludes on Jan. 1, which coincides the World Day of Prayer for Peace.