Sunday, June 10, 2012
World Day of Prayer for the Church in China:
On May 24, feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, is celebrated around the world as the Day of Prayer for the Church in China as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI . Bishop Ma Da Qin , vicar of the diocese of Shanghai, presided over the solemn Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, in communion with the universal Church and in response to the appeal of the Holy Father.
The Catholic communities in the region have made numerous initiatives to celebrate the moth of May in honour of Our Lady. Chinese faithful have made many pilgrimages to Marian shrines throughout the month, praying for China and the world, to strengthen their faith in union with the Pope, the successor of Peter, and to deepen their Marian spirituality.
Pilgrims praying the Rosary. Despite the cold weather, about 5000 people gathered at the shrine of Sheshan for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.