Red Wednesday in Canada

327 million Christians live in a country where there is persecution and / or discrimination

Our brothers and sisters in the faith are subjected to persecution on a daily basis. We want to make them known, and we want to be in solidarity with them.

To do so, Aid to the Church in Need is organizing Red Wednesday. The event will take place virtually, in Canada, on November 18, 2020

This day, intended as a reminder that in 2020, Christians are still suffering persecution and religious discrimination, will be held in virtual mode, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prayers and testimonials will be on the agenda for this special event. The canadian Archbishops Christian Lépine of Montreal and John Michael Miller of Vancouver and  the cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto will be participating. We will also have testimonials from around the world, including that of Ignatius Kaigama the Archbishop of Abuja, capital of Nigeria – who has already been to Canada in June 2018 by an invitation from ACN – who will be adressing the issues that his country is facing and the lack of action from its government. Sister Micheline Lattouf from Lebanon will also testify of the situation in Lebanon, which the double explosion on August 4th of this year in the Beirut port has become worse for the population.

Other guests will be added to the list of witnesses, including one from Pakistan who has yet to be confirmed.

As of now, people are invited to mark the date of November 18 in  their agenda, and especially the times: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

To subscribe and get the link to participate to the virtual event: Red Wednesday

  Please check your emails and spams to see if you have received the confirmation email of your registration sent by Eventbrite. The day before the event you will receive an email with the link to access the virtual reunion on Zoom Wednesday, on November 18th, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time We ask parishes, dioceses, religious communities and other organizations to please illuminate their church, convent or any other symbolic building in the region where they are located with red lights. The facade of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal and St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto will be illuminated for the third consecutive year, as will the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa, which has confirmed its participation in the illumination.

What you can do

– Illuminate in red a church or other important building in your area
– Organize a virtual mass for persecuted Christians
– Say a rosary
– Choose special universal prayers to include in a virtual celebration
Wear red and invite people to wear red and share your pictures in red on social medias with the #RedWednesday
– Use social media to publicize the event and raise awareness of the cause using #RedWednesday
– Have a fundraiser to help the affected communities

Events from past years:

As of now, those interested in receiving more information can email, call 514-932-0552 (Montreal area), or toll-free from anywhere in Canada at 1-800-585-6333. The phone extension is 227. 

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Charity at the service of the Catholic Church, providing support to the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they may be persecuted or oppressed or in need of pastoral care.

Communications and Media Relations

By telephone: (514) 932-0552 or 1 (800) 585-6333, ext. 224 (toll free)

We welcome your donation or any other correspondence at the following mailing address:

Aid to the Church in Need (Canada)
Postal Box 670, Station H
Montréal, QC H3G 2M6
1 (800) 585-6333 (toll free)

Ontario ACN Sub-Office

Address: PO Box 40009, RPO Marlee,
Toronto ON M6B 4K4

Telephone: (416)-785-0498