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Philippines: Red Wednesday’s Significance

Most of the parishes of the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrate the second Red Wednesday Mass in support to the campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-PH) call to prayer for the persecuted Christians. This year theme is “Red means Love… Red is for the Sick, Red is for the Front liners, Red is for Persecuted Christians”. On this year’s campaign, all Christians, particularly the Catholics, are being called upon to fully commit themselves to pray for those who died due to COVID-19 and their families and for those who are in the frontline in fighting against this COVID-19 pandemic and pray for all Christians who are persecuted for being followers of Jesus.

Furthermore, this year’s celebration in the Philippines is indeed timely for there are already individuals and religious groups who had been red tagged as alleged “sympathizers or supporters” of outlawed communist groups because of their works in promoting the human rights and welfare of people in the villages and rural areas in far flung regions of the country. The red tagging and freezing of their bank accounts is already a form of persecution. Reports like these are alarming and must be causing concerns especially for the members of the Catholic Church in the Philippines who are imbibing to live the Church’s social teachings. In this insecure environment, our motto, Amare et Servire offers us, missionaries, support, guidance, comfort and encouragement to live up the words of the Gospel and be ready to be challenged by it.

Mario Dimapilis mhm

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