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    » 05/24/2013, 00.00

    CHINA

    Bishop Ma Daqin and Chinese Catholics pray for the unity of the Church in China

    Jian Mei

    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.

    Beijing (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.

    His weibo 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."

    Also, 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.

    Both Xu and Ricci have been proposed to be beatified together. The late Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian was an active promoter of the beatification.

    Fewer 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.

    Father 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.

    Several 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.

    Another 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.

    A 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.

     

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    See also

    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.

    23/06/2010 CHINA
    Haimen diocese to pray for Church unity in China
    The new bishop, Mgr Shen Bin, 41, was ordained two months ago. Clergy and nuns meet in prayer to mark the end of the Year for Priests, pray for Church unity in China and strengthen the faith. The diocese is preparing to launch its first summer youth camp, which is open to non-Catholics.

    25/05/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    Our Lady of Sheshan, persecution and division
    Chinese Catholics at home and around the world prayed for the Church in China, according to the intention laid out by Benedict XVI in his letter of June 2007. The shrine is a place of encounter between underground and official Christians, the government continues to prohibit pilgrimages. Unity in truth for the Church in China and in relations between Beijing and the Vatican.

    24/05/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    At Sheshan and throughout China we pray for unity and priestly vocations
    The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, decreed by Benedict XVI, official and underground Catholics pray for greater unity between communities and for a solution to the relationship between China and Vatican soon. Moreover they pray for strength for the young, bishops and faithful to evangelize the continent, which is increasingly thirsty for God

    23/05/2011 VATICAN - CHINA
    Sheshan: Beijing’s war and the Pope’s “battle”
    Every year, the Sheshan shrine is transformed into a battlefield: police, checkpoints, cameras, metal detectors, to crush the pope's appeal for the unity of the Church in China, on the World day of prayer for Chinese Catholics. Labour camps,, arrests, bans fail to stop prayer, even in prisons. Attempts to divide the Church and our solidarity.



    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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