Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are invited to join the observance of “Red Wednesday,” an annual campaign of the Catholic Church to bring attention to persecuted Christians around the world.
Spearheaded by the Aid to the Church in Need, this year’s observance on November 25 will also be dedicated to the victims of recent disasters that hit the Philippines, victims of the new coronavirus disease, and all “front-liners.”
Jonathan Luciano, national director of Aid to the Church in Need, said among the hospitals in the capital that will participate are the UST Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
“We posted the materials for hospitals and clinics and health institutions in our website and Facebook page. They can easily download them if they want to participate,” said Luciano.
On “Red Wednesday,” churches and places of worship are illuminated in red light, a color that the Catholic Church associates with martyrdom.
An initiative of the Aid to the Church in Need, the papal charity for persecuted Christians, “Red Wednesday” is a global event to remember those who cannot practice their faith freely throughout the world.
First organized in the United Kingdom in 2016, the Philippines started joining the campaign the following year. On Jan. 25, 2020, the Philippine bishops’ conference officially institutionalized the annual celebration of “Red Wednesday” in all dioceses.