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CHINA - SOUTH AFRICA
The Bishop of Shanghai, under house arrest, prays for Mandela and recalls his fight for freedom
Bishop Ma Daqin has been under house arrest in Sheshan Seminary since July of 2012 when, shortly after his ordination, he resigned from the Patriotic Association. On his microblog, he invites prayers for the deceased South African leader and cites three sentences, symbolic of his struggle: freedom is indivisible, faith is sometimes persecuted, oppressor and oppressed are both in chains.
- - Auxiliary Bishop
Thaddeus Ma, in his weibo (microblog) message this morning Dec. 6, mourns the first
black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and cites Mandela's quotations
that call for freedom, faith and justice.
Bishop Ma usually issues spiritual or
biblical reflections through his microblog (s.weibo.com) in the mornings and
evenings, even though his blog remains stagnant since his reflection article on
Pope Francis' Lumen Fidei was blocked
Bishop Ma cited three quotations of
Mandela, the first black president of South Africa who died on Dec. 5. The
first one says: "Freedom is
indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them,
the chains on all of my people were the chains on me." (自由是看不见摸不着的，我的人民任何一人身戴枷锁就等于所有人身戴枷锁，也就等于我也身戴枷) It was taken from Mandela's book Long
Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela with Connections.
The second one Bishop Ma cited reads: "Faith
sometimes undergoes painful tests, but I will not give in to pessimism." (信仰一时经受痛苦考验，但我不会向悲观低头) The third one is: "Both
the oppressors and the oppressed need liberation. The ones who take away others'
freedom are prisoners of hatred. They are locked behind bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness."(压迫者和被压迫者一样需要获得解放。夺走别人自由的人是仇恨的囚徒，他被偏见和短视的铁栅囚禁着。)
Bishop Ma called for prayer at the end of the
message, "Let's pray for the late Mandela!" Mandela spent 27 years in prison
because of his struggles for justice.
The quotations also seemed to describe
Bishop Ma's present situation. He
has been under house arrest at Sheshan seminary, Shanghai, right after his
episcopal ordination on July 7, 2012. He was occasionally given limited freedom
of movement. His appointment
as bishop was revoked by the Chinese authorities in December 2012. However,
in Shanghai and the
universal Church recognize him a bishop of Shanghai.
On Dec 2, four days ago, Bishop Ma turned
45. His faithful wrote in his microblog birthday wishes and addressed him "Most
respectable bishop" (主教大人).
Earlier on Nov. 24, some Catholics wished
Bishop Ma happiness on the Feast of Christ the King, and proclaimed "Christ
conquers, He reigns and He commands" on his microblog.
A Catholic in Shanghai told AsiaNews: "We are praying earnestly for
the freedom of Bishop Ma everyday. We hope he will keep himself in good spirit
despite all the difficulties. We pray that he will be freed soon and can
exercise his episcopal authority. Our Shanghai diocese needs his leadership."
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