venerdì 8 novembre 2019

Chinese Catholics downbeat about pope's Asia visit
Catholics in mainland China have mixed views over Pope Francis’ impending visit to Asia and do not expect it will lead to any easing of persecution by the communist government. The pope will be in Thailand from Nov. 20-23 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the apostolic vicariate of Siam. He will then visit Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan from Nov. 23-26. Father Liu of Hebei expressed optimism about the pope’s Asian trip and believes it is a gesture of his concern for the Asian Church. He hopes that the pontiff will visit China soon. (...)