LEEDS Trinity University was lit up red as part of a global campaign to show support for people suffering discrimination, violence and death for their faith.

The University lit its atrium red and decorated its chaplaincy with red bunting to highlight the injustice, torture and deaths of Christians and people from faith minorities throughout the world.

Hannah Hayward, coordinating lay chaplain at the university, said: “Everyday people around the world are persecuted or suffer unjustly for what they believe in. This isn’t right. As a faith-foundation University, we believe that freedom of religion is fundamental to human flourishing. We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our community experiences this freedom as a daily reality – as a Catholic, Christian, any religious identity or someone without, and we are proud to be supporting this campaign.

“Red Wednesday allows us to stand for faith and freedom, to stand with those who face injustices because of their peacefully-held beliefs, and to remind our students, staff and friends of the university that everyone has the right to practice their religion without fear.”

Red Wednesday is organised by Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic organisation helping persecuted Christians, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

On Wednesday, November 28 building around the world were lit up in red to show solidarity. Red-themed activities have been taking place throughout the week at Leeds Trinity.