» 05/24/2012, 00.00
CHINA - VATICAN
Thousands of pilgrims reach Sheshan on pope's Day of Prayer
Fr Thaddeus Ma Daqin, vicar general of the Diocese of Shanghai, and 40 priests celebrated Mass. A large number of plainclothes police monitored worshippers from other dioceses during the pilgrimage month. In Hebei, an underground priest and seminarian are arrested. Mgr Paul Li Yi, bishop of Luan (Changzhi, Shanxi) dies.
New restrictions and controls on pilgrims to Sheshan shrine
Security cameras, travel restrictions on local highways, obligation to get a government permit to visit the Marian shrine of Sheshan during the month of May are now in place. Surrounding dioceses have also been “warned” not to organise groups to celebrate the first day of prayer for the Chinese Church as proclaimed by the Pope.
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Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.
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The government stops pilgrimages and gatherings, but in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Guangzhou official and underground priests, religious and faithful prepare to pray the Pope’s words about Our Lady of Sheshan. In addition to the Pope’s intent they will pray for Sichuan quake victims, grateful to the Universal Church.
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Tourists, not pilgrims, welcome in Sheshan
Catholics from China are "advised" to stay home on the pope's World Day of Prayer. Only Shanghai Catholics can celebrate Mass 24 May. "Security" and changes in the country's leadership are given as the reason. Meanwhile, the China Daily advertises tours to Sheshan to visit the observatory, taste the local cuisine, see protected animal species and stop at local golf courses. Reciting 'Salve Regina' is banned however.
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