December 1, 2010.
Benedict XVI called for the freedom of Catholics in China and encouraged the Chinese Catholic bishops to witness to their faith “with courage.” The Pope made this appeal on the eve of National Assembly of Catholic Representatives, the decision making body established by Beijing authorities without Vatican approval. Apparently, many Catholic bishops are being pressured to participate in the Assembly.Benedict XVI“Let us also entrust to the Virgin all the Catholics of that beloved country so that, through her intercession, they may live a truly Christian existence in communion with the universal Church, thus also contributing to the harmony and common good of their noble people.”
The assembly is held every five years and attended by bishops who are appointed by the government, but not recognized by the Vatican. It will be renewed by the President of the Patriotic Association and the Council of Chinese bishops.
The Pope has repeatedly asked Chinese bishops not to participate, despite the threats from Beijing being aimed at them.
In addition, Benedict XVI also dedicated his weekly general audience to Julian of Norwich, an English mystic, born in 1430. She lived as a recluse and devoted herself to meditation, prayer and study. She wrote the book “Revelations of Divine Love,” which speaks about a mother's love to explain the tenderness and love of God.Benedict XVI“God is the love which transforms our lives, bringing joy and peace to our hearts and, through us, to those all around us.”
The Pope said that cloistered men and women have “a great sense of compassion for the sorrows and weaknesses of others,” because they are in God's company.
Before concluding the general audience, Benedict XVI blessed a bronze image of the Virgin of Loreto, the patron saint of pilots. The figure will be placed at the main airport of Rome to recall the Christian roots of Europe.