» 05/24/2013, 00.00
Bishop Ma Daqin and Chinese Catholics pray for the unity of the Church in China
Placed under house arrest, the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai interacts with the faithful through the social network Weibo and his blog. Across the country, Catholics organize charitable activities and prayer vigils.
(AsiaNews) - On May 23 evening (Beijing time), Bishop Ma issued his vesper
through his weibo, marking the eve of the Prayer Day for the Church in China.
He is still under house arrest in Shanghai, but not in Sheshan seminary.
message first cited Ecclesiasticus 1:11-13: "The fear of the Lord is glory and
exultation, and gladness and a crown of rejoicing. The fear of the Lord
delights the heart, and gives gladness and joy and long life. With him who
fears the Lord it will go well at the end; on the day of his death he will be
blessed." Then, he said: "Lord, we are originally created by you, and there is
no place we can boast. But you promised, those who fear You will be blessed. Lord,
tonight we praise and pray to you. May the earth be filled with fears for You."
Bishop Ma placed an article in his blog again on May 11, after a break of six
months. His last one was uploaded on Nov. 3, 2012. The latest one was the
seventh scene of an opera on Xu Guangqi, a disciple of Jesuit Father Matteo
Ricci. The seventh scene is titled as "The Pillar of the Church." Some
respondents of his blog wrote that they were very happy to see Bishop Ma again
in his blog.
Xu and Ricci have been proposed to be beatified together. The late Bishop
Aloysius Jin Luxian was an active promoter of the beatification.
pilgrims have been seen at Sheshan pilgrimage site in the month of May.In
other places in China, Catholics in China have made special prayers for China
today, May 24, they told AsiaNews.
Joseph, an underground priest in Henan told AsiaNews that instead of organizing
any events or pilgrimages to Sheshan to mark the day, he decided to bring a
dozen Catholics to visit sick peasants, Catholics and non-Catholics, in the
mountainous areas. "We
can celebrate the Day of Prayer for China with concrete actions which will give
witness to our faith. Jesus has never left China," he noted.
Catholics in China told AsiaNews that they prayed for unity and reconciliation
of the Church in China and the universal Church. They said they hoped the Holy
See would care more about Church affairs in China, and that the normalization
of China-Vatican relations will take place soon. "The Catholics in China are
very obedient to the Holy Father," a priest said.
priest Father Thomas in northern China said he would say a special Mass in the
afternoon of May 24 to pray for the Church's internal harmony and unity. "Many
conflicts are created within the Church, and priests cannot get along with
their fellow priests or bishops," he noted.
laywoman in Tianjin added that she prayed for the declining vocations to be
priests and sisters. "A purified Church in China, now much influenced by a
secularized society, is needed," she noted.
for the full text of the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan
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