Palace of Westminster to be lit red to commemorate persecuted Christians

The United Kingdom's Palace of Westminster will be lit red on Wednesday night to honor Christians and other people all around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

(Reuters/Sergio Perez)The Union Flag, commonly known as the Union Jack, is projected on the Palace of Westminster next to Big Ben on the bank of the River Thames, before the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 27, 2012.

Aside from the Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, the U.K. Houses of Parliament will also be lit red to commemorate persecuted Christians. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other establishments across the country including the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Bolton Town Hall, and the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral are participating in the initiative as well, Christian Today details.

The move is part of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need's (ACN) Red Wednesday campaign, which aims to show solidarity with people who experience religious persecution. The group has also asked supporters to participate in the Red Wednesday campaign by wearing red or using red filters on social media.

"It will give them a great deal of comfort and hope that there is this statement from the place that is so much associated with the right to freedom of expression," said John Pontifex of ACN. "This will send out a statement to the world that enough is enough. Their cry has at least been heard. They have an answer to the question, 'Who cares?'"

"This shows the mother of all parliaments cares," Pontifex added.

The Red Wednesday campaign is reminiscent of ACN's initiative in April to dye the Rome's Trevi Fountain red to recognize Christians martyred for their faith. The charity hopes that the gesture will spark a long-lasting and concrete reaction worldwide that will help persecuted people attain religious freedom, the Catholic News Agency relays.

Pope Francis has frequently talked about modern-day martyrs during his papacy and marveled at how so many believers driven away from their homeland and having throats slit still have the courage to confess their faith even when faced with death. The pontiff had also described the Christian martyrs are the "lifeblood of the Church."