(Vatican Radio) The Community of Sant’Egidio will hold their annual ecumenical prayer vigil on Tuesday, remembering especially the Coptic Christian martyrs and all those who are persecuted and killed for their faith.
The vigil comes just two days after two Coptic churches in Egypt were bombed, killing up to 50 people and injuring dozens more.
The prayer vigil will keep their martyrdom and the memory of other Christian martyrs’ alive. By remembering the names and stories of the victims, the community also recalls the words of Pope Francis, “Today, in the twenty-first century, our Church is a Church of martyrs.”
The Community of Sant’Egidio is an international movement of Christian lay people who pray and work towards solidarity, dialogue, and Christian unity. It started after the Second Vatican Council in 1968, and is now represented in more than 70 countries.
The vigil will be held at 18:30 at Basilica Santa Maria in Trestevere. Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of the Congregation of the Laity and Family Life, will preside.