FILE - Thomasians joined the candle lighting ceremony for the University's Red Wednesday commemoration. (Photo by Jean Gilbert T. Go/ The Varsitarian)

THE UNIVERSITY will join the “Red Wednesday” global campaign for Christians persecuted for their faith worldwide on Nov. 23.

Red Wednesday is a prayer campaign aimed at raising awareness of Christian persecution led by Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation and international Catholic charity.

It was made an official church activity in the Philippines by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in January 2020.

A Eucharistic celebration led by Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P., director of the Institute of Religion and regent of the UST Senior High School, will be held at the UST Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on Wednesday, 5 p.m., which will be broadcast on the official Facebook page of UST.

In a circular dated Nov. 17, UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. encouraged Thomasians to attend the Mass onsite if their schedule permitted.

The UST Main Building, Arch of the Centuries, and the Martyrs’ Monument will be lit in red after the Mass.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Blessed are the persecuted,” derived from Jesus’s beatitudes.

Data from the 2022 World Watch List by Open Door USA showed that more than 360 million Christians were experiencing religious persecution worldwide, a rise from 2021’s 340 million.


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