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ICC Note: The Philippines will join the United Kingdom for Red Wednesday campaign first held last year. The Red Wednesday campaign is aiming to raise the awareness about Christian persecution among Filipinos. Catholic group The Aid to the Church in Need believes that Filipinos need to realize the seriousness of the Christian persecution that occurs around the world.  Apart from Pope Francis’ statement which says that Christians now face more persecution than they did in the early years of Christianity, study shows that in 2016 around 90,000 Christians were murdered for their faith.

11/21/2017 Philippines (UCA News) – Filipino Catholics will wear red on Nov. 22, to show solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world.

The campaign called Red Wednesday will be launched in the country by the Aid to the Church in Need, a global Catholic group that supports Christian communities suffering from persecution.

The event aims to create awareness among Filipinos about the severity of Christian persecution around the world.

The Philippines will join Christians in the United Kingdom where Red Wednesday was first held last year. The global campaign will also be held in Malta, Italy, and Brazil.

A total of 45 cathedrals, 24 shrines, and five basilicas in the Philippines are participating in this year’s activities by illuminating the facade of churches in red.

“Red is the color of martyrdom in the Christian faith,” read the group’s statement.

“The Red Wednesday campaign will shine a light on religious persecution and will honor all Christians who have suffered and died for Christ,” added the statement.

The group noted that Filipinos seemed to have developed a “blind spot” about the nature and scale of Christian persecution around the world.

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