THE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) approved the institutionalization of the “Red Wednesday” campaign in the country in its ongoing 120th Plenary Assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.
According to a report by CBCP News, the bishops agreed to make it an official part of the Church’s calendar as sought by international Catholic pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
“The bishops unanimously agreed to make the campaign an official Philippine Church celebration to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians around the world,” reported the official news agency of the CBCP.
The event will be held annually on the Wednesday after the observance of the Solemnity of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar or the Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent.
During “Red Wednesday,” all cathedrals, national shrines, minor basilicas, and churches are illuminated with red lights as a way to remember the blood of the faithful who have been killed because of their Christian faith. – Gerard Naval