By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Archdiocese of Manila has endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to Church in Need (ACN) to create awareness among Filipino Christians to show solidarity against Christian persecution.
In a circular letter, Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, invited the faithful to show solidarity to all the Christians all over the world who are persecuted because of their faith by supporting the campaign which will be observed on November 28.
He said during Red Wednesday, facades of the cathedrals and parish churches all over the country are to be illuminated in red lights after the evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist to honor the blood of the persecuted Christians.
The circular was released on November 8, 2018, to the parishes, religious communities, organizations and schools in the Archdiocese of Manila.
A Eucharistic celebration will be held at the Manila Cathedral on November 28, at 6:30 p.m. and this will be followed by a program to discuss the significance of the illumination of the said structures then a communal prayer for persecuted Christians.
The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the ACN that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and 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.”
“The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign by inviting all cathedrals, minor basilicas, and national and diocesan shrines to illuminate their façade in red. Furthermore, several Catholic universities in Manila have also expressed interest to join the campaign,” according to the ACN website.
ACN is a pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need.