Rome’s renowned Trevi Fountain lit up with red lights in remembrance of Christian martyrs

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Rome’s glorious Trevi Fountain was illuminated by the red light, in remembrance of the Christians martyred for their faith and those suffering for the sake of being Christians. At this occasion, Christians from different parts of the world shared the stories of their loved ones killed for Christian faith. The event was held on April 29, Friday.

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The Fontana di Trevi – or Trevi Fountain in English-is a fountain in Rome, Italy. The fountain is worldwide famous. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.

While addressing this event, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said, “Let us remember, tonight, the blood of the Christian martyrs, spilled by the violence of men and the sin of the world.” He also quoted Pope Francis, and laid emphasis on the fact that when such situation arrives, “silence and secrecy are also sins.” The event was organized by Aid to the Church in Need.

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Cardinal Mauro Piacenza heads the Apostolic Penitentiary while also holds the office of the international president of Aid to the Church in Need. During his address, he said that he is of firm belief that today’s Christian martyrs are exercising “a real and vicarious atonement, through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in favor of all men.”

“This is why, while we shake around them, crying with their families for their violent deaths, we raise to God a hymn of praise for these brothers who have entered into the glory of paradise, with the palm of martyrdom in their hands and girded with a crown of glory.” Cardinal Piacenza, while explaining the setting of Rome’s famous Trevi fountain, told the media that the fountain was colored red in acknowledgment of “all the Christians around the world who daily continue to give their lives for the faith.”

Professor Shahid Mobeen- founder of the Association for Pakistani Christians in Italy represented Pakistan and addressed the audience at this occasion. Professor Shahid Mobeen is a friend of Shahbaz Bhatti. Furthermore, Maddalena Santoro- sister of Italian Father Andrea Santoro, who was killed in Turkey in 2006 while he was praying inside his church and Luka Loteng, from Kenya, whose several friends were killed in the Garissa University massacre of Christian students in 2015.

Church leaders including Bishop Antonie Audo, Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Syria; and Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan, from Baghdad and many other countries were also present at this event.