World Day of Prayerfor the Church in China

World Day of Prayerfor the Church in China

16/05/2008
Pope: Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan
On the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, Benedict XVI asks the "Mother of China and all Asia" to support the faithful, that "they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus", and "always be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter".
15/05/2008
Cardinal Dias promotes World Day of Prayer for the Church in China
The call for participation is addressed above all to the contemplative monasteries. A "pilgrimage of prayer" to the Marian shrine of Sheshan, where the government prohibits the arrival of pilgrims from all over China. To celebrate the day of prayer, the Chinese Catholics in Italy will gather on May 24 at Saint Mary Major (Rome).
08/05/2008
Government attack against Sheshan shrine bears fruit, number of pilgrims cut by half
According to shrine figures, only 5,000 people made the pilgrimage this year. Last year at the time they were 11,000. Plainclothes policemen monitor the venue.
05/05/2008
Shanghai, government, PA: a war is on against pilgrimages to the Marian shrine of Sheshan
Roadblocks, restrictions, registration. Hotels and restaurants prohibited from welcoming pilgrims. For the Patriotic Association, the faithful must remain in their dioceses, praying for peace, for the pope, for the Olympics, and for good results for the Chinese athletes. Attempts underway to divide the official and underground Catholics from the universal Church.
24/04/2008
New restrictions and controls on pilgrims to Sheshan shrine
Security cameras, travel restrictions on local highways, obligation to get a government permit to visit the Marian shrine of Sheshan during the month of May are now in place. Surrounding dioceses have also been “warned” not to organise groups to celebrate the first day of prayer for the Chinese Church as proclaimed by the Pope.
09/04/2008
The diocese of Hong Kong cancels pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan
It was supposed to take place on May 24, 2008, on the occasion of the first world day of prayer for China, initiated by Benedict XVI, in conjunction with the arrival of thousands of Chinese pilgrims at the Marian shrine. The government authorities fear security problems and lack of control.
27/05/2004
China's Marian shrines


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