Saturday, 25 January 2020 15:17

Red Wednesday to be an Official Church Celebration

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has approved the Red Wednesday Campaign to be an official church celebration in the Philippines.

During the first day of the 120th CBCP Plenary Assembly held at Pope Pius XII in UN Avenue, January 25, the bishops unanimously agreed to institutionalize the campaign an official church celebration in the Philippines, according to CBCPNews post.

“This formally makes the Red Wednesday an official day of observance in all churches and Catholic institutions in the Philippines,” said Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines national director.

Mr. Jonathan Luciano, Director, Aid to the Church in Need – Philippines l Photo Credit: ACN – Philippines Facebook Page

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.

The campaign was first organized in the United Kingdom in 2016, the Philippines started joining the campaign in 2017.

More than 90 bishops are currently gathered for the biennial meeting, which will end on Jan. 27.

“The overwhelming support makes the Philippines the first country to do this. We will do this, and we will continue to do this for every Christian in need,” Luciano said.

The annual event will be held on a Wednesday every after the Solemnity of Christ the King.

More than 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools, and universities, and other institutions joined the campaign and simultaneously lit their facade in red in last year’s Red Wednesday campaign. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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