Red Wednesday PH 2018

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WHAT IS RED WEDNESDAY?

Numerous studies have consistently shown that Christians are the most persecuted faith group in the world. A study by Open Doors, a Christian advocacy group, reveals that the global persecution of Christians has risen for the past four consecutive years. Another study by the Center for New Religions published findings that over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016. That is equivalent to one Christian being murdered for the faith every six minutes. Furthermore, the study reveals that half a billion Christians are unable to freely express their faith. These findings affirm the declaration of Pope Francis that there are more Christians suffering today than there were in the early years of Christianity.

Given that our country is predominantly Christian, Filipinos find it difficult to grasp a reality where Christians can be persecuted. Many are not even aware of how difficult it is to practice the Christian faith in some areas of Muslim Mindanao. Since Christianity has been deeply ingrained in the fabric of Philippine society, we seem to have developed a blind spot regarding the nature and scale of Christian persecution in the world today.

For this reason, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Pontifical charity organization dedicated to help the suffering Church worldwide, is launching a Red Wednesday campaign to create awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution. Red is the color of martyrdom in the Christian faith. The Red Wednesday campaign will shine a light on religious persecution and will honor all Christians who have suffered and died for Christ.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign by inviting all cathedrals, minor basilicas and national & diocesan shrines to illuminate their façade in red. Furthermore, several Catholic universities in Manila have also expressed interest to join the campaign.  On November 28, after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a program will be held to discuss the significance of the illumination of the said structures which will then be followed by a communal prayer for persecuted Christians.

In solidarity with Christians who suffer for their faith, ACN invites everyone to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

Let Red Wednesday be the start for Filipinos to lend their voice to the global call to uphold religious freedom and advocate for inter-faith harmony. As one global Christian family, may our expression of solidarity be a witness to the power of love over hate and be a source of strength and comfort for Christians all over the world by sending a message that they are not alone and that we are one with them in fighting for a better world where acceptance, love and respect for each other is the ultimate expression of faith in God.

RED WEDNESDAY AROUND THE WORLD

In November 2016, to promote the latest Religious Freedom in the World report, ACN launched its first-ever Red Wednesday campaign in the United Kingdom. Key buildings, churches and schools were lit in red including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, and the University of Oxford.

The Red Wednesday gained regional and international media and internet coverage. The overall feedback was remarkable with parliamentarians, church leaders, other faith groups and teachers appealing to Aid to the Church in Need to make this an annual event, therefore making a commitment to grow this campaign and make this an annual event.

This initiative of the UK office of ACN has since been adopted by other countries. To complement their own respective awareness campaigns for persecuted Christians, famous landmarks around the world were lighted in red including the Fontana De Trevi in Italy, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in France and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

In November 2017, Aid to the Church in Need Philippines joined the campaign for the first time. 82 ecclesiastical territories, churches and universities responded favorably and illuminated the facade of their churches/schools in red. Among the notable churches that participated in Red Wednesday are Manila Cathedral, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo, The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan and the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace or more commonly known as the EDSA Shrine.

Catholic universities, such as the Ateneo de Manila University, St. Paul University (Manila and Quezon City) and the University of Sto. Tomas also joined the symbolic event. These schools also conducted exhibits and conferences on the situation of persecuted Christians in other parts of the world.  Other churches and schools in Metro Manila and in other parts of the country have initiated their own campaigns as well.

WHICH DIOCESES ARE JOINING ACN’S RED WEDNESDAY CAMPAIGN 2018?

Anyone who wishes to join us in praying and speaking out for persecuted Christians around the world may join Red Wednesday by going to any of the participating minor basilica, cathedral, shrine or university nearest you.

  • Ecclesiastical Territories

    Diocese of Alaminos
    Diocese of Bacolod
    Diocese of Baguio
    Diocese of Balanga
    Diocese of Bayombong
    Diocese of Cabanatuan
    Diocese of Calbayog
    Archdiocese of Caceres
    Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
    Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan
    Archdiocese of Capiz
    Archdiocese of Cebu
    Archdiocese of Davao
    Diocese of Iba
    Diocese of Imus
    Prelature of Infanta
    Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo
    Diocese of Kabankalan
    Diocese of Kalookan
    Diocese of Legazpi
    Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
    Archdiocese of Lipa
    Diocese of Lucena
    Diocese of Maasin
    Diocese of Malaybalay
    Archdicoese of Manila
    Prelature of Marawi
    Diocese of Masbate
    Diocese of Mati
    Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
    Archdiocese of Palo
    Diocese of Paranaque
    Diocese of Pasig
    Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa
    Diocese of Romblon
    Diocese of San Fernando, La Union
    Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga
    Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija
    Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
    Diocese of Talibon
    Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan
    Diocese of Virac

  • Universities

    Adamson University
    De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde
    De La Salle University
    Don Bosco Academy Pampanga
    St. Dominic Academy of Pulilan
    St. Paul University – Manila
    St. Paul University – Quezon City
    St. Scholastica’s College – Manila
    St. Therese Catholic School Noveleta Cavite
    University of Santo Tomas
    12 Schools from the Diocese of Calbayog
    13 Schools from the Prelature of Infanta

  • Red Days Worldwide

    The following famous landmarks and buildings will be lit in RED:

    Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, USA
    Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris and other Catholic, Jewish and (possibly) Muslim Landmark Buildings in France
    Christ the Redeemer Statue in Lisbon, Portugal
    Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Parliament Building, Westminster Cathedral and other Churches in England
    Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
    St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia

    OTHER COUNTRIES JOINING THE EVENT
    Canada
    Czech Republic
    Germany
    Ireland
    Lithuania
    Malta
    Netherlands
    Slovakia

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*THE KIT CONTAINS: Poster, tarp, flyer, guidelines, forms and liturgy.

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