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Red Wednesday is a day to gather to draw attention to the plight of those who are persecuted and oppressed for their religious beliefs. Cathedrals, churches and public buildings around the world will light up in red to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity dedicated to the support of suffering and persecuted Christians. In Australia, Red Wednesday will take place on the 20th of November however some Archdioceses in Australia will host Red Wednesday events throughout the week. 

It is clear that the persecution of Christians is worse today than at any time in history. In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the acts committed, and their impact, not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the worst forms of persecution.

The purpose of Red Wednesday is to join together and raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who are unable to speak freely, and who look to us - thier brothers and sisters in Christ - to speak on their behalf.
Red Wednesday coincides with the release by Aid to the Church in Need of the biennial publication Persecuted and Forgotten?, a report assessing the nature of threats to Christians and the underlying causes. The report can be viewed here

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You can also view the Executive Summary of the Religious Freedom in the World Report this was released for Red Wednesday, 2018 and reports not only on Christian persecution but also religious discrimination against other faith minorities. The full report can be viewed online: https://religious-freedom-report.org/

Below is a 5 minute video that highlights the main finding of the report.

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How can I get involved with Red Wednesday? 

Events: A number of the Catholic Cathedrals in Australia will be lighting up in red and holding an event to commemorate Red Wednesday. Discover all the Red Wednesday events taking place around Australia by clicking here.


To discover Red Wednesday events around the world click here. 

Dress: Wear the something red, or a red ribbon, on Wednesday 20 November to raise awareness of those persecuted for their faith. Take a photo of yourself wearing red and share it on social media with the hashtag #RedWednesday

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Pray: Prayer is the bond that unites us in love and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who suffer and are persecuted for their love of Jesus. Join us in praying this Red Wednesday prayer throughout November for persecuted Christians. You may also want to offer a Mass for suffering Christians 100% of Mass offerings are sent to poor priests who will celebrate Mass for your prayer intentions.

Awareness: The persecution of Christians if too often ignored. You can change this by knowing the stories of those who suffer and making those stories known. Join our mailing list to receive our regular newsletter (via post or email), follow us on social media and share our content. #RedWednesday. You can read some of the testimonies of our brothers and sisters here.

Donate: By making a donation to Aid to the Church in Need you are helping us to fund projects that support Christians that are being persecuted, oppressed or are suffering. Each year we receive 7500 requests from around the world but we can only help with about 5000 requests due to a lack of funds. If you would prefer to make a donation over the phone you can call: 1800 101 201 during business hours.

Fundraise: From morning teas to marathons to garage sales to movie nights to raffles to bake sales. There is no shortage of creative ways one can raise support and raise funds for Christians in need. What can you come up with? Download this PDF which is full of #RedWednesday fundraising ideas. 

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Image: Elderly women praying the Holy Rosary in Mary Mother of God Church, the parish church in Kalokol in Kenya. In Kenya the government enforces secularism that is at times restrictive for churches and Christian believers, pressuring them to abandon their beliefs.


Catholic Students at Sydney University hosted a bake sale raising $810 for Aid to the Church in Need's projects.

From Scotland to the Philippines, from the U.S.A. to Iraq #Redwednesday events took place last year to draw attention to the persecution of Christians and other faith groups because of their religious beliefs.

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MANILA: Youth in the Philippines say a prayer for persecuted Christians during a Red Wednesday event. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.

Please Note:
*Offerings made to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) are not tax-deductible.
*If funds raised for a particular project exceed those needed, the surplus funds will be reallocated to a similar project.


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