» 05/20/2010, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
You should be at the Marian shrine of Sheshan, Pope tells Card Zen
Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus leads a prayer vigil for religious freedom and the Church in China. He reveals bits of conversation he had with Benedict XVI during the pilgrimage to Fatima.
22/05/2008 CHINA – VATICAN
In China the Church is getting ready for the World Day of Prayer in union with the Pope
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.
25/05/2009 CHINA – VATICAN
The day of Prayer for the Church in China under control. Pope’s Letter is blocked
No diocesan pilgrimages to the Sanctuary of Sheshan because of bans. Little publicity even in the diocese of Shanghai. In Hebei the Catholics go without mass because the priests are under arrest. Access to the Vatican website with Benedict XVI’s Letter (in Chinese) is still blocked.
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.
24/05/2012 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.
24/05/2008 CHINA – VATICAN
Even in persecution we pray to Our Lady of Sheshan
A Chinese Catholic from the underground Church sends AsiaNews a message for World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in which he highlights how the faithful pray in communion with the Pope despite hardships and repression, hopeful that he might soon bear witness to a true unity of the Church with the Pontiff.
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