lunedì 23 maggio 2022

After Cardinal Zen arrest, Pope Francis prays for ‘freedom and tranquility’ for Chinese Catholics

(Gerard O’Connell - America)
Pope Francis today urged Catholics worldwide to join in prayer for the church in China so that its 12 million Catholics may be able to live “in freedom and tranquility” and “in effective communion with the universal church.” “I am attentively and actively following the often complex life and situations of the faithful and pastors [in China], and I pray every day for them,” he said in a message for the feast of Mary Help of Christians that is celebrated on May 24. Referring to the feast, he said, “this happy occasion offers me the opportunity to assure them once again of my spiritual closeness.” The feast is particularly dear to Chinese Catholics and is popularly known  (...)