Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need set down this year for 28 November.
It is a day to gather and pray in solidarity with those who are persecuted and suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs.
Persecution in the world’s worst-affected regions has reached a new peak, the impact of which is now being felt in all its horror.
In Syria and Iraq the crisis is immense and the evidence shows that Christians have fallen victim to a genocide conducted by Daesh (ISIS). In Syria 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. 5.5 million have fled the country, half of them are Christians.
Iraq and Syria are countries of serious concern but there are also abuses of religious liberty taking place in 23 other countries/regions including (but not limited to) India, Pakistan, China, Africa and South America.
The purpose of Red Wednesday is for us to join with people of all faiths to raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who cannot profess their religion freely:
• Christians in Egypt and Iraq
• the Baha’i community in Iran
• Catholics in the southern Philippines
• the Rohingya in Myanmar
• Jewish communities in Europe
• people of all faiths in China.
Red Wednesday coincides with the release of the 2018 Religious Freedom in the World Report. A document produced every two years by Aid to the Church in Need the Report assesses issues relating to religious freedom for all faith groups in 196 countries. It can be viewed from 23 November at: http://religious-freedom-report.org/
As well as the release of the Religious Freedom Report 2018 we will gather and pray in solidarity with those of all faiths who are persecuted and suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs.
Let’s spread the word and use social media to make #RedWednesday 2018 a campaign that cannot be ignored.
How can you get involved with Red Wednesday in 2018?
Attend an Event:
If you live in Sydney Australia there will be a Red Wednesday Mass at 5.30pm on 28 November at St Mary's Cathedral Sydney.
This will be followed by an interfaith gathering in the Crypt attended by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and leaders from various faith groups.
St Mary’s Cathedral façade will be floodlit in red as a sign of solidarity for those that have been persecuted and martyred for their faith.
It is a time to join in prayer and solidarity for those persecuted for their faith. To show them that the world has not forgotten them.
All are welcome.
Visit the Facebook event here.
In Melbourne there wll be an interfaith gathering and St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be flood lit in red on 28 November.
Catholic schools will also be raising awareness for all those persecuted for their religious beliefs.
Prayer is the spiritual bond which unites us in faith, love and solidarity with persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.
Use this ACN prayer to guide you in your personal prayer in the days leading up to Red Wednesday.
Image: Elderly women praying the Holy Rosary before the morning mass at 6.30am 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.
Make a personal donation to ACN which will help persecuted Christians around the world.
Face Painting, Garage Sales, Marathons... there are lots of creative ways you can fundraise to help Aid to the Church in Need support persecuted Christians.
If you need some ideas you can download this PDF which is full of #RedWednesday fundraising ideas.
Catholic Students at Sydney University hosted a bake sale raising $810 for Aid to the Church in Need's projects.
Share a story of a persecuted brother or sister in Christ on social media.
You can read some of their stories here.
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 faiths because of their beliefs.
Make a Stand for Faith and Freedom on Wednesday 28th November 2018:
MANILA: Youth in the Philippines say a prayer for persecuted Christians in 2017.
UNITED KINGDOM: Catholic youth in England peacefully demonstrated against the persecution of Christians around the world.