Rorate Caeli

Day of Prayer for the Church in China


Dear Pastors and all the faithful, the date 24 May could in the future become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China. This day is dedicated to the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated with great devotion at the Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai.

I would like that date to be kept by you as a day of prayer for the Church in China...

On that same day, the Catholics of the whole world – in particular those who are of Chinese origin – will demonstrate their fraternal solidarity and solicitude for you, asking the Lord of history for the gift of perseverance in witness, in the certainty that your sufferings past and present for the Holy Name of Jesus and your intrepid loyalty to his Vicar on earth will be rewarded, even if at times everything can seem a failure.

Pope Benedict XVI
Letter to the Catholics of China
May 27, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let us all pray for our millions of brothers and sisters of the true Faith, in China, who have suffered a msot bitter persecution for more than 60 years!

Most catholcis have not the foggiest idea of the horrible sufferings and glorious virtues they have and are displaying.

To have to suffer now as they do, without comprehension from many in the hierarchy, is truly their Golgotha.

Let us pray for them, and inform ourselves better on their situation.

Br. Alexis Bugnolo