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.
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.
1. Diocese of Alaminos
2. Diocese of Bacolod
3. Diocese of Balanga
4. Diocese of Bayombong
5. Diocese of Cabanatuan
6. Archdiocese of Caceres
7. Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
8. Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan
9. Archdiocese of Capiz
10. Archdiocese of Cebu
11. Archdiocese of Davao
12. Diocese of Iba
13. Diocese of Imus
14. Prelature of Infanta
15. Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo
16. Diocese of Kabankalan
17. Diocese of Kalookan
18. Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
19. Archdiocese of Lipa
20. Diocese of Lucena
21. Diocese of Maasin
22. Diocese of Malaybalay
23. Archdiocese of Manila
24. Prelature of Marawi
25. Diocese of Masbate
26. Diocese of Mati
27. Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
28. Archdiocese of Palo
29. Diocese of Paranaque
30. Diocese of Pasig
31. Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa
32. Diocese of Romblon
33. Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga
34. Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija
35. Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
36. Diocese of Talibon
37. Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan
38. Diocese of Virac
1. Adamson University
2. St. Paul University – Manila
3. St. Paul University – Quezon City
4. University of Santo Tomas