Red Wednesday in Canada: The Dome of the Oratory goes Red

The Dome of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal Lights Up 

Montreal, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – It’s confirmed: tonight, and tomorrow (November 16 and 17), the dome of St. Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal in Montreal will be illuminated in red to mark Red Wednesday, an international event that brings together 15 of the 23 national offices of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and aims to raise awareness of the issue of the persecution of Christians. The Oratory is the most important pilgrimage site dedicated to St. Joseph in the world.


Photo taken during a technical test on November 15, one day before the event.

“I am delighted that Saint Joseph’s Oratory is showing such solidarity with persecuted Christians: thank you,” says Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of ACN Canada.  

“Two major shrines are joining us this year for the first time: Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and Our Lady of the Cape, in Cap-de-la Madeleine. Little by little, Red Wednesday is becoming a must in the country,” she says.

These two shrines are part of the National Shrines of Canada, designated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Mount Royal’s Saint Joseph’s Oratory attracts an average of nearly two million people per year. It is also the largest church in Canada.

To date, seven locations have confirmed the illumination of their facades. They join a series of prestigious monuments around the world, including the Sacré-Coeur du Montmartre in Paris, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Portugal and the British Parliament in London.  

For more information on Red Wednesday 2021 activities in Canada, visit the Red Wednesday page: acn-canada.org/red-wednesday/  

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