Courage in Red

Remembering Today's Christian Martyrs

“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torment will ever touch them.” Wisdom 3: 1

Join us in remembering those who have been martyred for their faith and stand in solidarity with our fellow Christians as they fight for religious freedom today.

Aid to the Church in Need is asking all those of faith to join us during the week of November 17, 2019 for this special campaign in symbolic gestures of solidarity — by wearing red (the color of the martyrs), lighting parish churches and institutions in red, and commemorating the week with prayer and special Masses. 

The world is taking notice and taking a stand!

In London, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament showed their solidarity with those suffering for the right to live in peace and practice their religion freely.
Basiica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

United States

In November 2018, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC showed its support of those suffering right now for our faith, and those who have died for Him.

A Mass and ceremony were held in 82 ecclesiastical territories, churches and universities in the Philippines for those martyred for their faith and those suffering in order to live His Word.
In February, 2018, the Colosseum in Rome was illuminated red to recognize those persecuted for their faith.
Mexico 2018
The Cathedral of Morelia illuminated in red light in support of suffering and martyred faithful around the world.
The lights of Christ the Redeemer illuminated red to remember the martyrs of today.
St. Elias Cathedral, Aleppo, Syria lit red in support of suffering and martyred faithful.

Each year, France organizes a prayer vigil in memory of modern Christian martyrs, including religious murdered in recent years around the world.

Night of Witness 2019 – Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Church in North America, will once again be lit red and hold vespers for today’s Christian martyrs from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Please join us if you can and give witness to what our brothers and sisters in faith are going through in so many regions of the world.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 526-8300


How You Can Show Your Support

We are requesting that as many parishes as possible go red in remembrance and in solidarity with our fellow faithful, and hold special Masses so that our Catholic communities can come together to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters.

Perhaps you would like to ask your parish priest for his involvement in our campaign. Your parish can go red (please call us for instructions), your parish school can have a dress down day (kids can dress in red!), your rosary group can have aspecial prayer session and vigil for persecuted faithful.


On an individual basis, you can attend Mass in place of a suffering Christian who cannot because they live in fear of practicing their faith publicly. You can light a red candle and place it in your window for Courage in Red week. You and your friends can hold a bake sale and donate the proceeds to the persecuted and suffering Church. Perhaps you can ask the young people in your life to share the Courage in Red message, #CourageInRedWitness, on their social media platforms. Feel free to click here for more ideas.

Whatever you do to commemorate this special week, please share your words and photos with us at so that we may post your unique tribute on our website. Please also sign our Courage in Red Pledge below if you’d like. Together, we will stand together for religious freedom and for those suffering simply for worshiping Him.

Thank you for your donation which will be used for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world.

Courage in Red Pledge

Thank you for your participation in Courage in Red Week. May God bless you for caring about your fellow faithful.
    God bless you for your participation.
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