22 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/24/2008
VATICAN – CHINA
Cardinal Dias tells Chinese Catholics the Pope blesses them all, wants to see them united
For the first time official and underground Catholics are gathered together in public in response to a plea by Benedict XVI to pray for the Church in China and its mission. Chinese Catholics from Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan are present at the event. The Martyrs are remembered.

Rome (AsiaNews) – The first gathering of Chinese Catholics in Italy received the greetings and blessing of the Pope through Card Ivan Dias, prefect for Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. The occasion was the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which the Pope set for the day Chinese Catholics celebrate Mary, Help for Christians, who is venerated at the Sheshan shrine, near Shanghai.

Cardinal Dias led the Mass in Rome’s Saint Mary Major Basilica along with hundreds of priests from the official and unofficial Church, as well as from other nationalities. He stressed that the unity expressed today by the Chinese is an important fruit of Benedict XVI’s work.

Often, under the pressure of the regime’s propaganda, Catholics from the official Church are afraid to publicly show their attachment to the Pope, concerned they might be accused of being anti-patriotic. By contrast underground Catholics tend to be intransigent towards official Catholics. But for the cardinal “in heaven there will be no official or underground Catholics because we shall all be children of God. And for the Pope this unity should also be seen on this earth.”

The prelate referred to the “suffering of the past”, calling on everyone to forgive past wrongs. He also highlighted recent signs of thawing relations between China and the Vatican like the 7 May concert by the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra which “offered by government authorities to the Holy Father” as well as the Pontiff’s appeal and prayers for the victims and survivors of the Sichuan earthquake.

Conducted with solemnity, the ceremony included songs in Chinese and prayers in Italian and Chinese. The presence of hundreds of Catholics friends of China and overseas Chinese, including some from Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, marked the religious and non-political nature of the event.

Groups of Chinese immigrants came by bus or train from Milan, Treviso, Prato, Florence and Naples. Upon their arrival in Rome at dawn some visited St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum to remember Christian martyrs of every epoch, including those of China.

In the universal prayer during the Eucharist, prayers were recited for the Pope and Chinese authorities, but it was decided that no prayers should be said for the faithful in prison.

During the canon the “martyrs, especially those of China” were remembered.

At the end of the service the assembly recited the prayer Benedict XVI wrote for our Lady of Sheshan. Cardinal Dias reminded everyone present that today in all the churches of the world these words were recited in prayer, urging them to be united and undertake the evangelisation of China and of Chinese immigrant communities in Italy.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/21/2008 ITALY – CHINA – VATICAN
More than 500 Chinese Catholics in Rome to pray for China with the Pope
05/23/2008 VATICAN
The Eucharist celebrates the deepest revolution of human history
05/22/2008 CHINA – VATICAN
In China the Church is getting ready for the World Day of Prayer in union with the Pope
by Bernardo Cervellera
06/25/2007 VATICAN – CHINA
Nuns to pray for Pope’s letter on China and full religious freedom
01/01/2006 VATICAN – WORLD PEACE DAY 2006
Pope tells UN and governments that the world needs to switch on its courage to build peace

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.