The annual Red Wednesday campaign is slated this November 23 not only to support Christians who are discriminated but also to promote the Church where Christians experience suffering amidst their perseverance for their faith.
According to Veritas News, Msgr. Pedro Gerardo Santos, who leads the Aid to the Church in Need – Philippines as its Chief Operating Officer, states that red is a significant symbol of martyrdom for those who have risked their lives to their faith. Also, he recognizes the reality that a lot of Christians are persecuted in the modern day for simply what they believe in.
“The red is a very important symbol for us Christians, it symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit, symbolizes the power of love, it symbolizes the blood of martyrs,” the priest said.
The theme for this year’s Red Wednesday campaign is “Blessed are the Persecuted” which focuses on the persecution of Christians to be given adequate support in the midst of perseverance to their faith. It will be held this November 23 globally.
As the Catholic faithful experience attacks from their faith, the priest urged their fellow brothers and sisters to protect those who experience various forms of persecution.
Red Wednesday campaign was initiated by the Aid to the Church in Need – United Kingdom, a pontifical foundation, in 2016 with a mission “to honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.”
Locally, in 2017, the Philippines started to participate in the Red Wednesday Campaign. Three years later, in 2020, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) approved the establishment of the Red Wednesday Campaign as Aid to the Church in Need in the Philippines expanded locally. (Hazel Biquiren/RCAM-AOC)