City (AsiaNews) - A message of condolence for the
death of Msgr. Aloysius Jin Luxian and condolences to all the
faithful of the diocese of Shanghai was sent by Msgr. Savio
Hon, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the
Evangelization of Peoples. The message,
which is published below, is of a very personal character, full of memories from the period that Msgr. Hon spent in
Shanghai and Sheshan as a teacher in the seminary, invited by Msgr. Jin. But the origin
of the text, from a Vatican official, and his appreciation for
the figure of the deceased bishop,
is a subtle suggestion
for reconciliation and unity of the
Church of Shanghai, where there
are still tensions between official
and underground communities, with criticism and praise of Msgr. Jin. Also of great importance is his mention
of Msgr. Ma Daqin, current auxiliary bishop of the city, under house arrest for having decided to quit the Patriotic
Association. For the Vatican -
Msgr. Hon stated days ago - Msgr. Ma Daqin remains the legitimate
bishop of Shanghai. Here is the text of the message sent (the original is in Chinese). In the picture: a moment
of the religious funeral celebrated in the Cathedral of Shanghai on 29 April.
City, May 01, 2013
Diocese of Shanghai (传真 021-64276221, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brothers and Sisters,
condolences to you all!
news of the death of our beloved Bishop JIN reached me, I felt very sad. I
still have fond memories of the Seminary in Sheshan, when Bishop JIN was still
the Rector. In those days, we not only had lectures, but also basketball games
and outdoor hiking. I particularly like the Marian Month and your chanting. My
good brother Daqin was the Choir Master. Bishop JIN willingly spent time with
us, and especially enjoyed coffee time after lunch. In one way or another, we
will all miss him.
his invitation, I was able to come to Sheshan - the place of Our Lady, and to meet
a number of you: priests, seminarians, sisters, and friends. By now, most of
you have great responsibilities for different pastoral and social activities.
The loss of Bishop JIN made me suddenly feel very much united to you, my dear
Brothers and Sisters. I indeed dreamt to be with you and to share our thoughts
and sentiments with each other.
This time I
also truly desired to come to Shanghai and to be with you at prayer: as one of
your brothers, without any rank or pretense. However, this is one of those
times in which the decision is not my own, and this is a part of life. Even if in
this commemoration I cannot be present with you physically, I certainly will
stay close to you spiritually. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity (Ps 133).
JIN was under the intensive care, I reported it to the superiors here. Even Our
Holy Father, Pope Francis, showed his concern. Now Bishop JIN passed on to the
Lord. We certainly offer prayers for the deceased and deepest condolences to
deeply moved by the pictures of the funeral Mass of Bishop JIN. There are so
many familiar faces and my thoughts go out to all of you, my dear Brothers and
Sisters, and, in a special way, to my dear brother Bishop Daqin, who was also
with you in spirit. The Church, like a choir, is in need of a good conductor,
so as to turn the Gospel into a beautiful song.
time of sadness, we recall the promises of Jesus, our Savior, Who is Risen from
the dead, and commend our dear Bishop JIN to His loving care through the
intercession of Mary, Our Lady of Sheshan.
Fraternally in the Lord,
Savio HON Tai