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Pakistani archbishop invited to speak at Scottish youth rally to show solidarity with persecuted Christians

The ACN July event will bring young people from across Scotland to Carfin

Catholic leaders from some of the world’s most dangerous places for Christians will speak to Scotland’s youth at a rally in Motherwell’s Carfin Grotto this summer.

The July 11 event is being organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and will feature talks from Fr Ambrose Ohene from Nigeria on the threat of Boko Haram, with Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Bishops Conference of Pakistan, also invited to attend.

“The Scottish youth rally is an opportunity for the youth of this country to stand together in solidarity with the millions of suffering and persecuted Christians all around the world,” Lorraine McMahon (above), ACN’s head of operations in Scotland, said.

“To the political leaders I say, please don’t be indifferent to the issues faced by persecuted Christians. Come and join us in June to learn about the forgotten human rights issue of the day.”

More than 1000 young people are expected to attend, with every high school and university chaplaincy student in the country invited to take part.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley will also be in attendance, and ACN have called on every political leader in Scotland to show their support.

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