PH to join ‘Red Wednesday’ campaign for persecuted Christians
School children join last year’s observance of “Red Wednesday” in London, United Kingdom to show solidarity for persecuted Christians all around the world. WEENSON OO/AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (UK)
MANILA— Expect the Manila Cathedral, EDSA Shrine, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) and other famous church buildings to be lighted and adorned in red this November 22.
Red is the Christian color of martyrdom and studies have shown that Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith group in the world. The symbolic gesture is part of “Red Wednesday,” a global public awareness campaign for the intention of persecuted Christians around the world.
The Holy Father Pope Francis has emphasized again and again the need to raise awareness about the plight of persecuted Christians.
“How many of our brothers and sisters in faith suffer abuse, violence, and are hated for Jesus’ sake! I’ll tell you something. The martyrs of today are greater in number than those of the first centuries,” the Pope said during last year’s Feast of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr.
“Today too, this happens before the whole world, with the complicit silence of many powerful leaders who could stop it,” the Pope added in a separate event.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed the request of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to hold the Red Wednesday campaign during its Permanent Council Meeting last 13 March 2017.
The CBCP has requested all bishops to illuminate all cathedrals, national shrines, and minor basilicas with red lights to remember the blood of the faithful who have been killed because of the Christian faith.
Through this campaign, the bishops hope the Catholic faithful will be more sensitive to the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide.
The Red Wednesday campaign was started last year by Aid to the Church in Need United Kingdom. During the said inter-religious event, England’s famous monuments were lit up in red including the Palace and Cathedral of Westminster among others.
This year, the Philippines will be one of the countries to join the United Kingdom in this global gesture of solidarity for all persecuted Christians.
Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation established to assist the needs of the Church wherever it is oppressed, persecuted or suffering material need.
ACN Philippines invites all parishes, schools, religious organizations and the private sector to join the Red Wednesday campaign by wearing red clothing and holding programs as well as sharing their pictures of participation online so that together, all can shine a light on the need to uphold religious freedom around the world. CBCPNews