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PH churches to ‘go red’ for persecuted Christians

The façade of the Manila Cathedral is ready for #RedWednesdayPH. ACN PHILIPPINES

MANILA, November 21, 2017–As a sign of solidarity with the millions of persecuted Christians all over the world, selected churches and universities in the country will light their façades in red on Nov. 22 and celebrate late afternoon Masses as part of the #RedWednesdayPH campaign. The faithful are also encouraged to wear red.

“I hope that through this campaign, more Filipinos will be made aware of the reality and the severity of persecution of their fellow Christians and that this awareness leads to concrete actions of support through prayer, information, and charity,” said Jomar Luciano, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, the lead organizer of the said campaign.

According to a briefer released by ACN Philippines, the #RedWednesdayPH campaign aims to achieve the following:

Educate the public including the youth about the nature and scale of Christian persecution;
Create awareness among Filipino Christians of their membership within a bigger global Christian family;
Encourage Christians of all ages and traditions to stand up for faith and freedom and the right of Christians to practice their faith without fear or obstruction
The said campaign is just one of simultaneous Red Wednesday campaigns in countries like the U.K, Australia, Ireland, Italy, and France.

The faithful may join late afternoon Masses on Nov. 22 as part of the #RedWednesdayPH campaign in the following churches/dioceses:

Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe
Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo
Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa
Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan
Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro
Archdiocese of Caceres
Archdiocese of Capiz
Archdiocese of Davao
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
Archdiocese of Lipa
Archdiocese of Manila (Manila Cathedral)
Archdiocese of Ozamiz
Archdiocese of Palo
Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga
Archdiocese of Zamboanga
Basilica of Our Lady of Charity (Agoo, La Union)
Basilica of Our Lady of Piat (Cagayan)
Basilica of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag
Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church)
Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Salvation (Tiwi, Albay)
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Jude Thaddeus (Lucena)
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Vincent (Albay)
Diocesan Shrine of Maestra Senora de los Dolores of Turumba (Laguna)
Diocesan Shrine of Mahal na Señor Sto.Cristo de Burgos (Sariaya, Quezon)
Diocesan Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace (EDSA Shrine)
Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu (San Mateo, Rizal)
Diocesan Shrine of San Geronimo (Nueva Ecija)
Diocesan Shrine of St. Joseph (Cubao)
Diocesan Shrine of St. Peregrine Laziosi (Parañaque)
Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino (Butuan)
Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Cross (Catanduanes)
Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Face of Jesus (Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija)
Diocese of Antipolo
Diocese of Bacolod
Diocese of Baguio
Diocese of Balanga
Diocese of Borongan (all parishes)
Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diocese of Calbayog
Diocese of Cubao
Diocese of Digos
Diocese of Dipolog
Diocese of Gumaca
For more information, interested parties may check out the ACN Philippines Facebook page. (CBCPNews)

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