Friday, September 26, 2014

Amnesty International’s Candle

This candle, located within Canterbury Cathedral, burns perpetually as a reminder of prisoners of conscience and all those who suffer unjustly for their beliefs and actions. It seems only appropriate that we share this candle with everyone, especially now that Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East.

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing’. Amnesty International is a movement of people from across the world who stand up for the human rights of individuals everywhere. Founded in 1961, it has become the biggest voluntary human rights organisation in the world and is independent of all political parties and religious faiths. Amnesty’s logo, a burning candle wrapped in barbed wire, was inspired by the Chinese proverb, ‘It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’ This candle was placed within the Cathedral by Canterbury Amnesty Group on 2nd July 2010.

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