Red Wednesday is a day to gather to draw attention to the plight of those who are persecuted and oppressed for their religious beliefs. Cathedrals, churches and public buildings around the world will light up in red to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity dedicated to the support of suffering and persecuted Christians. In Australia, Red Wednesday will take place on the 20th of November however some Archdioceses in Australia will host Red Wednesday events throughout the week.
It is clear that the persecution of Christians is worse today than at any time in history. In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the acts committed, and their impact, not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the worst forms of persecution.
The purpose of Red Wednesday is to join together and raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who are unable to speak freely, and who look to us - thier brothers and sisters in Christ - to speak on their behalf.
Red Wednesday coincides with the release by Aid to the Church in Need of the biennial publication Persecuted and Forgotten?, a report assessing the nature of threats to Christians and the underlying causes. The report can be viewed here
How can I get involved with Red Wednesday?