The facade of the Catholic cathedral in Manila is bathed in red light during the observance of Red Wednesday on Nov. 27. (Photo: Angie de Silva)
Christians who suffer from persecution across the world were honored during the observance of "Red Wednesday," a global campaign to encourage people to stand up for religious freedom.In the Philippines, red lights illuminated at least 2,000 prominent landmarks and churches across the country to highlight global religious persecution.In his message during a Mass to mark the occasion on Nov. 27, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan reminded Filipinos that "martyrdom ... is about living for the faith."
Luciano said that even Filipino bishops experience persecution. He cited the sedition case against Bishop David. Also charged with Bishop David are Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao and retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. of Novaliches.
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