THE Philippines is joining this year’s “Red Wednesday,” campaign to raise awareness on the plight of persecuted Christians and religious freedom, that started last year by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in the United Kingdom.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has requested all bishops to illuminate all cathedrals, national shrines, and minor basilicas with red lights on November 22.
This include the Manila Cathedral, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church), the Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace or EDSA Shrine and other famous church buildings in the country to be lighted or adorned in red on the said date.
ACN Philippines also invites all parishes, schools, religious organizations and the private sector to join the Red Wednesday campaign by wearing red clothing and posting photos of participation on social media to raise awareness.
Red is considered as the Christian color of martyrdom and it also represents the blood of the faithful who have been killed because of the Christian faith or victims of religious hatred and intolerance. Studies have shown that Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith group in the world.
Through the Red Wednesday campaign, the CBCP is hopeful that the Catholic faithful will be more sensitive to the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide.
Pope Francis has cited the need to raise awareness about the plight of persecuted Christians. In one of his public sermons, the Pope said the martyrs of today are greater in number than those of the first centuries.