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    » 10/25/2013, 00.00

    CHINA - VATICAN

    As Mgr Ma Daqin's reflection on 'Lumen Fidei' is blocked, a new priest is ordained in Shanghai

    Lorenzo Li

    Many believers view the bishop's reflection on the papal encyclical as his "first pastoral letter". He has been under house arrest since July 2012. A priest is ordained in the Diocese of Shanghai, but the ordaining bishop came from Haimen. The faithful call for Mgr Ma's release.

    Shanghai (AsiaNews) - Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai posted an in-depth reflection on his blog on 8 October titled Lumen Fidei Enlightens us with his picture and signature. A response to Pope Francis' first encyclical Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), the text was however blocked. Although the link to the article shows that it was "encrypted", there is no access to the article on his blog. Still, the article was widely circulated, so copies on other websites do not appear to be affected.

    Bishop Ma's reflection has received positive responses from readers in the Church in China, some of whom regarded it as Ma's "first pastoral letter" and even "a true bishop's letter in China for the Year of Faith".

    His article also motivated readers to write their reflections on faith, calling for "perseverance" and meditations. Many reiterated the call to the authorities to free Bishop Ma.

    A source in Shanghai diocese told AsiaNews that Bishop Ma's reflection was blocked and he was not allowed to write in his blog for days.

    Bishop Ma's article begins with thanks the Holy Father for the encyclical, "adoring the suffering Jesus on the Cross who proclaims the salvation is accomplished with love".

    "His mystery of faith - suffering, death and resurrection - invites us into His truth, eternal life and light. The witness of Apostle Thomas reminds each Christian to do reflections on our faith," it says.

    The article, with more than 13,000 Chinese characters, includes an introduction and four sections: 1. Faith is the happiness God has given us; 2. In faith, we have known Him; 3. He told us: Do not be afraid; 4. Like Mary, let us follow Him steadfastly.

    In the article, Bishop Ma refers to the Lumen Fidei and ask Catholics to thank God for the faith and to uphold one's faith.

    Finally, Bishop Ma invokes the intercession to Mary, especially Our Lady of Sheshan.

    In recent days, Bishop Ma posted short notes on weibo, a microblogging site in China, with his daily reflections. On the evening of 24 October, he wrote to wish his readers that the love and peace of Jesus Christ be with them throughout the night.

    Meanwhile, seminarian Xie Huimin from Shanghai diocese was ordained deacon on 23 October and priest on 24 October by Bishop Shen Bin of Haimen (Jiangsu province), sources in Shanghai said. The ordination took place in Haimen, not Shanghai.

    Father Xie, who is in his late 20s, received his priestly training in Shanghai's Sheshan Seminary.

    On 12 October, the Diocese of Shanghai released a statement dated 9 October in which it announced the new ordination and asked for prayers for the new priest, but did not mention where and when the celebration would take place.

    On Chinese Catholic websites, some readers posted strongly worded calls for Bishop Ma Daqin's release so that he could preside over the priestly ordination himself. One reader wondered why the ordination could not wait.

    Others wondered whether it was appropriate for Bishop Shen to conduct the service since he took part in the unlawful ordination of Bishop Huang Bingzhang of Shantou in July 2011. They also want to know if he had received a papal pardon.

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    See also

    10/12/2012 VATICAN - CHINA
    Under arrest, Mgr Ma Daqin is stripped of his title as Shanghai bishop
    Mgr Thaddeus Daqin quit the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association the day of his ordination as a token of obedience to the pope. He also refused to share communion with an excommunicated bishop. The government-sanctioned Bishops' Conference, which stripped him of his title, is not recognised by the Holy See. Xi Jinping's leadership elicits hopes and brings disappointments.

    06/07/2013 CHINA - VATICAN
    After one year of house arrest, Chinese Catholics pray for Mgr Ma Daqin, bishop of Shanghai
    His forced absence and silence are bringing Catholics together, boosting the high regard with which the Catholic Church, and even non-Christians hold him.

    29/04/2013 CHINA - VATICAN
    Msgr. Jin Luxian’s funeral without Bishop Ma Daqin
    More than 1,000 faithful and 60 priests take part in the liturgy held in the cathedral. Celebrated by a priest. The successor bishop, Msgr. Ma Daqin was prevented from participating. After months of isolation in Sheshan, he was transferred to Beijing for "studies". For the Holy See he is the successor of Mgr. Jin. May 2, there will be civil funeral.

    21/12/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
    Letter to the bishop of Shanghai: "No one can deprive you of your episcopal ministry"
    A Catholic from the Diocese of Shanghai writes to his bishop, currently under house arrest at Sheshan Seminary, "punished" by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for obeying the pope. On the day of his ordination, he refused communion offered by excommunicated bishops and resigned from the body that controls the Church. China's new leader Xi Jinping pledged to uphold the constitution. Will he do so in Bishop Ma Daqin's case? In Shanghai, Catholics are praying so that Xi Jinping may be inspired by wisdom.

    30/01/2014 CHINA
    Bishop Ma Daqin: "Praise God for the graces of 2013, peace and joy for the Year of the Horse"
    The Bishop of Shanghai, under house arrest, publishes a prayer on the occasion of the last day of the Year of Snake. The Church celebrates the Chinese New Year by wishing "wisdom" to national leaders and "good health" for Pope Benedict XVI and retired to his successor Francis. A Catholic wishes bishop Ma may be released in the year that bears his name.



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