Trevi fountain runs red with ‘blood’ of persecuted Christians

The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light on Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy’s most iconic monuments.

Tourists looked on as survivors and relatives of victims of attacks on Christians in Africa and the Middle East made emotional pleas for an end to religious violence next to the fountain in the heart of the Eternal City.

“We are here to let persecuted Christians know they have not been abandoned, they are not alone,” Nunzio Galantino, secretary general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) said.

“We also ask those who walk through these streets to not forget these people,” he said at the dusk event, which was organised by the Aid to the Church in Need association.