Friday, 30 November 2018 10:01

Archdiocese of Manila observes Red Wednesday


The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and other parishes, shrines, and basilicas were lit in red to mark Red Wednesday in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world.

The Red Wednesday campaign was held for the second time in the Philippines by the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines to encourage people to make a “Stand for Faith and Freedom”. 

The one-day campaign asks the faithful “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.”

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Rev. Fr. Teresito "Chito” Soganub, Vicar General of the Prelature of Marawi presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

In his homily, Fr. Soganub who was taken hostage by Maute-ISIS group in 2017 recounted his struggles during his 116 days in captivity and how he remained hopeful even in a situation that called him to give up.

“We have to hope in God even in “hopeless times and situations”, he said. 

After the Mass, he led the faithful gathered outside the cathedral for a short prayer while holding candles. 

According to the ACN, the Red Wednesday campaign was also celebrated in other parts of the world including the iconic buildings and landmarks in the United Kingdom. The Marble Arch, Lambeth Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Cathedrals across the UK were also lit in red including St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, Norwich Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, and Wrexham Cathedral.

In Scotland, St. Mirin’s Catholic Cathedral, Paisley, Scotland went red, and in the Scottish Parliament, a #RedWednesday event was held including a presentation of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report.

Other countries who participated in the Red Wednesday campaign include France where the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Great Synagogue of Paris and the Rialto Bridge, in Italy, Venice went red.

In the Philippines, there were 47 cathedrals and 29 basilicas participated in the Red Wednesday of ACN.

Earlier, the ACN Philippines released “Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report,” that documented an increase in the number of people persecuted in the large parts of Muslim World, India, China, Korea, and Myanmar due to Islamic fundamentalism. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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