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PH churches to ‘go red’ for persecuted Christians

CBCP News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:24

The façade of the Manila Cathedral is ready for #RedWednesdayPH. ACN PHILIPPINES

MANILA – As a sign of solidarity with the millions of persecuted Christians all over the world, selected churches and universities in the country will light their façades in red on Nov. 22 and celebrate late afternoon Masses as part of the #RedWednesdayPH campaign. The faithful are also encouraged to wear red.

“I hope that through this campaign, more Filipinos will be made aware of the reality and the severity of persecution of their fellow Christians and that this awareness leads to concrete actions of support through prayer, information, and charity,” said Jomar Luciano, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, the lead organizer of the said campaign.

According to a briefer released by ACN Philippines, the #RedWednesdayPH campaign aims to achieve the following:

  • Educate the public including the youth about the nature and scale of Christian persecution;
  • Create awareness among Filipino Christians of their membership within a bigger global Christian family;
  • Encourage Christians of all ages and traditions to stand up for faith and freedom and the right of Christians to practice their faith without fear or obstruction

The said campaign is just one of simultaneous Red Wednesday campaigns in countries like the U.K, Australia, Ireland, Italy, and France.

The faithful may join late afternoon Masses on Nov. 22 as part of the #RedWednesdayPH campaign in the following churches/dioceses:

  • Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe
  • Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo
  • Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa
  • Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan
  • Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro
  • Archdiocese of Caceres
  • Archdiocese of Capiz
  • Archdiocese of Davao
  • Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
  • Archdiocese of Lipa
  • Archdiocese of Manila (Manila Cathedral)
  • Archdiocese of Ozamiz
  • Archdiocese of Palo
  • Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Archdiocese of Zamboanga
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Charity (Agoo, La Union)
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Piat (Cagayan)
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag
  • Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church)
  • Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Salvation (Tiwi, Albay)
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Jude Thaddeus (Lucena)
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Vincent (Albay)
  • Diocesan Shrine of Maestra Senora de los Dolores of Turumba (Laguna)
  • Diocesan Shrine of Mahal na Señor Sto.Cristo de Burgos (Sariaya, Quezon)
  • Diocesan Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace (EDSA Shrine)
  • Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu (San Mateo, Rizal)
  • Diocesan Shrine of San Geronimo (Nueva Ecija)
  • Diocesan Shrine of St. Joseph (Cubao)
  • Diocesan Shrine of St. Peregrine Laziosi (Parañaque)
  • Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino (Butuan)
  • Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Cross (Catanduanes)
  • Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Face of Jesus (Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija)
  • Diocese of Antipolo
  • Diocese of Bacolod
  • Diocese of Baguio
  • Diocese of Balanga
  • Diocese of Borongan (all parishes)
  • Diocese of Cabanatuan
  • Diocese of Calbayog
  • Diocese of Cubao
  • Diocese of Digos
  • Diocese of Dipolog
  • Diocese of Gumaca

For more information, interested parties may check out the ACN Philippines Facebook page CBCPNews

#RedWednesdayPH: Call for more committed Catholics

CBCP News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:51

An Iraqi soldier re-installs a crucifix on top of a Christian church after the liberation of Qaraqosh, which was Iraq’s largest Christian city. ACN

BAGUIO – With the launching of the Red Wednesday campaign in the Philippines on Nov. 22, a Church official in this diocese expressed hope that the initiative will encourage greater awareness among Filipinos about the severity of the Christian persecution abroad but will also move them to stand up for the faith in their own country.

“Filipinos might think that Christians are persecuted only in some areas of Mindanao, as shown by the relentless attacks of terrorist groups or the recent siege of Marawi. Many are not even aware of the scale of Christian persecution in the rest of the country,” lamented Fr. Manuel G. Flores Jr., director of the Diocesan Commission for Promoting Integral Human Development, in-charge of the Red Wednesday campaign in the Diocese of Baguio.

“Filipino Catholics cannot rest on the fact that our country is predominantly Christian which can make them complacent [about] a ‘creeping persecution’ against the faith and the basic rights of the human person,” warned the priest.

Modern, hi-tech persecution

The Social Action Ministry coordinator pointed out that many Christians in the country today, as in the days of the early Church, cannot fully practice their faith without fear or obstruction.

To prove his point the priest cited issues currently affecting Philippine society: extra-judicial killings, destruction of the environment, corruption, gambling, the approval of contraceptives, the push for divorce in the guise of “Dissolution of Marriage”, undermining the institution of the family through same-sex unions, and the blurring the definition of man and woman in the name of equality.

According to the priest, practicing the faith, defending human rights, or upholding basic truths about the human person “exposes the Christian to lawsuits, threats, bashing, name-calling, or ridicule.”

“Persecutors of Christians,” he added, “instead of dialogue, resort to personal attacks or to the obfuscation of the issues through ‘fake news’ generated by ‘trolls’.”

#RedWednesdayPH

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Pontifical charity dedicated to serving the needs of persecuted Christian communities worldwide, launched the Red Wednesday campaign to raise awareness about the persecution of Christians who have suffered and died for the faith.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign by inviting all cathedrals, minor basilicas, and national and diocesan shrines to illuminate their façade in red on Nov. 22.

The faithful are also encouraged to wear red clothing or markers on the same day.

In Baguio City, the main celebration of Red Wednesday will be a 5:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist, to be presided over by Bishop Victor B. Bendico, at the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral.

Aside from the Mass, parishes and other institutions are invited to offer the holy Eucharist and pray the Angelus Prayer for Persecuted Christians from Nov. 22 until 24. CBCPNews

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