The Reading Oratory and Bl.John Henry Newman lit red.
London this week witnessed talks in Parliament Square , followed by a red-lit candlelit procession to Westminster Cathedral
Landmarks in countries around the world including Brazil, Philippines, and Australia were being bathed in red light this month to highlight the persecution of faith groups for their “peacefully-held beliefs”.
The idea of illuminating iconic buildings in red is sponsored by APPG stakeholders Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) as a public symbol of protest against religious discrimination. .
Venice was already illuminated in red on 21 November, highlighting the case of Asia Bibi in particular. In Barcelona, the iconic Sagrada Familia church is being illuminated in red, as is the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Paris. In Ireland, Armagh, Galway, Waterford and Cobh, cathedrals are taking part, as well as Knock Basilica.
The Philippines is having more than 1300 churches and 30 schools turn red. Also turning red are the Christ Redeemer Statue in Brazil’s Rio de Janerio, and in Australia St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Perth. In the United States, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is taking part.
St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham will also turn red. . ACN is also due to host an event in the Scottish Parliament. Members of many religious groups will wear red for the day and march of protest with banners: “Make a stand for faith and religious freedom”.
Red Wednesday will be commemorated in the UK on Wednesday November 28th when churches, schools and public buildings will be lit red – to express solidarity with those persecuted for their faith. This year many will focus on the plight of Asia Bibi who has been exonerated by Pakistan’s highest court, having suffered nine years of incarceration – with the death penalty hanging over her. Now, she has been forbidden to leave Pakistan and the UK has declined to offer her asylum
Last night, Venice lit their city red and highlighted the plight of Asia Bibi
Topical Oral Question: November 20th 2018
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