On November 22, 2017, 82 parishes and some Catholic schools all over the Philippines marked the “Red Wednesday” and participated in activities to raise awareness about the global trend of Christian persecution.
At the Manila Cathedral, a Eucharistic celebration was presided by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia for the global event.
Aside from the Manila Cathedral, 81 other churches illuminated their facades in color red in memory of all Christians who suffered for their faith especially for the martyrs.
The event was initiated by Pope Francis who took note of the alarming state of global persecution of Christians.
Other countries like Italy, United Kingdom and Brazil joined in observing “Red Wednesday,”
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano said ina press briefing: “We are an emotional people, if we see things that really need help or needs support, naturally Pinoys will support.”
Luciano also said that based on their data, more than 90,000 Christians were killed last year. That is equal to one Christian every nine minutes.
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