“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10–12

Courage in Red
Stand up for Faith and Religious Freedom

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 25, 2018 for this special campaign in symbolic gestures of solidarity — by wearing red (the color of the martyrs), lighting their parish churches and institutions in red, and commemorating the week with red-themed events, such as bake sales and dress down days at your child’s school to raise awareness and funds for religious freedom.

The world is taking notice and taking a stand!

Night of Witness – Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Church in North America, will be lit red and hold vespers for today’s Christian martyrs.  The event will be aired live on EWTN, as religious from Nigeria and Syria come to give testimony to the suffering and persecution their faithful have endured.  Please click below and let us know if you can join us on this very special evening.

Night of Witness
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Yes, I will attend this event

How Can You Help Show Your Support?

Besides the Basilica, we are blessed that a few other Churches are taking part in our special Courage in Red week in November. We are requesting that as many parishes as possible go red in remembrance and in solidarity with our fellow faithful, inviting members of the US hierarchy to join our campaign by lighting up in red their cathedrals and inviting their faithful 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 (we can supply the instructions), your parish school can have a dress down day (kids can dress in red!), your rosary group can have a special 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.

Whatever you do to commemorate this special week, please share your words and photos with us at courageinred@churchinneed.org 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.

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.

Read their stories and be inspired.
Stand for them in November and be their inspiration.

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