#RedWednesday: Churches to be flooded in red light to remember persecuted Christians

Churches and public buildings in different parts of the world will be flooded with red lights on Nov. 22, which has been designated as #RedWednesday, to remember Christians who are being persecuted and to encourage people to fight for their faith and freedom.

(REUTERS / Suhaib Salem)Iraqis attend the first Palm Sunday procession in the burnt out main church of the Christian city of Qaraqosh since Iraqi forces retook it from Islamic States militants, Iraq April 9, 2017.

In an opinion piece published on the Eastern Daily Press, Sister Penelope Martin said Nov. 22 is a chance for people to remember the many Christians all over the world who were being persecuted. On #RedWednesday, St. John's Cathedral in Norwich, the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham, and other religious and public structures will be flooded in red light as a reminder of the believers who suffer because of their faith.

#RedWednesday also serves to urge Christians to stand up for religious tolerance and liberty. Sadly, Sister Martin said the event will most likely not be published by national newspapers as religious persecution is hardly thought of as a newsworthy topic in some places.

Sister Martin said Christians can show their support for persecuted people of faith by praying for them. They can also wear red clothes on Wednesday to show solidarity with them.

Catholic churches in the Philippines also participated in the red light initiative on #RedWednesday. Aid to the Church in Need said the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines had endorsed the campaign, the Philippine Star reported, and this resulted in cathedrals, basilicas, and shrines lighting up their façades on the scheduled date.

Aside from churches, there were also several Catholic universities in Manila that also participated in #RedWednesday. However, ACN Philippines said Filipinos might have a hard time grasping the reality of religious persecution because theirs was a majority Christian nation.

The Red Wednesday campaign was first initiated in November 2016 in the U.K. and has since been practiced in other countries. ACN said 82 establishments had promised to be part of the campaign to show solidarity with persecuted believers.