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Praying for Catholics in China

2012-05-24

FR. EDMUND DE LA VEGA
China Prayer Group

"Our brothers in China may not be here, but they are joining this procession through their suffering, through trials and tribulations. This pilgrimage is a way to unite. It's a small sacrifice to help us rediscover that we are walking together toward Christ. It's a way to entrust to Our Lady, the Evangelization of China.”

The procession is held every 24th of May, which is actually the day Benedict XVI dedicated to pray for the Church in China. On that day, a very popular image of Our Lady is celebrated in the sanctuary of Sheshan in Shanghai.  In Rome, she is venerated with a procession from St. Peter's Square to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where Cardinal Julian Herranz celebrates Mass.

FR. EDMUND DE LA VEGA
China Prayer Group

"We are in the month of May, which is the month of the Virgin Mary, so it's important for us to be here in Rome, and lead a procession to St. Mary Major. To pray at her feet and together with the successor of Peter,  entrust her with our prayer.”

The situation of Christians in China isn'easy. In fact, some of them have left the country all together.  So this group is focused on strengthening the faith of Chinese Christians, wherever they may be.

FR. EDMUND DE LA VEGA
China Prayer Group

"The group is called China Prayer which came about under the New Evangelization. It's a group of prayer and ministry for Chinese in China, or even for Chinese who migrate to other countries, which is quite common.”

Even though the group is small, its initiative is powerful. Step by step, it tries to bring the New Evangelization, to the East.



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