A total of 76 dioceses in France have announced their participation in this operation, according to Natalia Trouiller, the head of communications of the Diocese of Lyon, including Archbishop Philippe Barbarin has worked to spread the initiative. Abroad, 59 dioceses in 16 countries have also joined the movement, particularly in Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as those of Madrid, Cologne, Vienna, Montreal, Oran, the bishops of Ireland and that of the Netherlands in particular .
The operation, organized the day of the Feast of the Assumption Catholic marking for the ascent to heaven of the mother of Christ, which comes a year after the fall of Mosul in June 2014, was also supported by several Protestant churches, who organized various events, particularly in Reims or in the Marais in Paris, assured Ms. Trouiller.
For their part, many policies were to react to this on twitter with messages in the word-pound #ChristianBells “Let the bells of our churches ring out tomorrow for the Eastern Christians is a beautiful message of solidarity and hope,” said on Friday former Prime Minister François Fillon , particularly committed to this cause since he had organized in June a “great gathering support to the Christians of the East.”
On this day when the church bells ring out of France, our commitment must not falter #ChretiensDOrient #ChristianBells
– Nicolas Sarkozy (NicolasSarkozy) August 15, 2015
“On this day when the church bells ring out of France, our commitment must not falter #ChretiensDOrient” said former President Nicolas Sarkozy, while the Paris elected Jean-Luc Romero (Socialist related) launched “in August 15 thoughts and support to #ChretiensDOrient Let the bells ring in the world!”.
Thoughts and support for Eastern Christians expelled and subjected to terror Daesh. Let us help them! # Christianbells & amp; nbsphttp: //t.co/jjWQKPsNwu
– N. Kosciusko-Morizet (nk_m) August 15, 2015
The Coordination of Eastern Christians in danger (CHREDO) welcomed this initiative , highlighting the “strong symbolic” brought by the bells of Notre-Dame de Paris.
In France Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, was soon Thursday called for “the bells ringing” Saturday by announcing that the Notre Dame “will bring this special intention.” The CHREDO appreciates these initiatives, but requests that they be followed by concrete actions for their return to their countries and homes, and maintenance of Eastern Christians in their home countries, “stressed however coordination in a statement Friday.
In July, Pope Francis has called for the end of the “genocide” of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere, denouncing a “third world war” in which torture and persecutions inflicted on the Christians. At least 300,000 Christians have fled Syria since the outbreak of war in 2011, and there are only about 400,000 Christians in Iraq, against 1.4 million in 1987.