Posted by Jordan Grantham
on 28 November 2018
Pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need will floodlight St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney and St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne blood red, to remember those persecuted for their faith around the world.
The Great Synagogue, Sydney and several other houses of worship are also joining in Australia's first Red Wednesday.
Earlier in the year the Colloseum was lit red to commemorate the blood of the martyrs shed there during the early persecution of Christians.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic, was particularly remembered during the Italian Red Wednesday.
Australia joins Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States in this initiative of Aid to the Church in Need.
An interfaith gathering will follow a Solemn Mass at St Mary's Cathedral this evening which coincides with the launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2018.
Worldwide, Christians continue to be more persecuted than any other faith group.