Saturday, 30 November 2019 08:55

Archdiocese of Manila observes Red Wednesday

The Manila Cathedral and other 
parishes, shrines, and basilicas in the Philippines were lit in red on November 27, 2019, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world because of faith.

The Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) marked its third year celebration in the Philippines. The campaign asked the faithful to wear red as a statement of support to all the Christians who stood up for their faith.

The Manila Cathedral marks Red Wednesday on November 27, 2019.
Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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Most Rev. Virgilio Pablo David, Bishop of Kalookan celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 6:30 in the evening.

In his homily, he asked the faithful to pray not only for the persecuted Christians but also those who persecute them.

"And so today, at this Eucharist, as we commune with Christ, we must learn to say to those who hate us, “You may consider us your enemy, but we will never treat you as our enemy.  That is why we pray for you—because you are also our brothers and sisters, fellow creatures in God’s image and likeness, and called to grow into sons and daughters of the same God.   We pray for you that God may allow you to see the light," Bishop David said.

After the Mass, an Ecumenical Prayer was held outside the cathedral. Candles were distributed and lighted.

More than 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools and universities, and other institutions joined the campaign and simultaneously lit their facade in red.

The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need 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.

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. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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