Christians, Jews and Muslims of Rome organized common event in support of persecuted Christians in Africa, Middle East and Asia on May 15, 2014
Community of Sant’Egidio and the Jewish community of Rome took part in the event near the Colosseum, Rome, to express their solidarity with Christians in Africa, Middle East and Asia who risk their lives and often perish because of their faith. One of the special reasons for this undertaking is the story of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim from Sudan, who was sentenced to death for her religious choice.
President of the Community of Sant’Egidio Marco Impagliazzo in his commentary to Vatican Radio said that in the world there are many places where the right to convert from Islam to another religion is not recognized. “We appeal to our Muslim brothers - said Marco Impagliazzo, - and ask them, their most enlightened part which constitutes the vast majority of Muslims, to work with us in order to recognize this basic right for everyone.”
The abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram is another example of religious coercion. It is in defense of such victims as these that the event was held. “We would like to unite religions against terrorism which often covers itself with religious motives and underline the distinction between violence and religion” - Marco Impagliazzo added.