Sunday, May 01, 2016

Pope welcome Chinese Priests

A group of 30 priests from Mainland China visited Pope Francis in Vatican in April 
To the right of the Pope is Fr. Jeroom Heyndrickx, CICM, the founder of the Taiwan Pastoral Institute and founding director of the Ferdinand Verbiest Foundation, Leuven Catholic University, Belgium  and back (with red jacket) is Fr. Paco Carín , Claretian priest who helps Jeroom in contacts with the Church in China. Paco speaks fluent Chinese who completed his PhD last year in Beijing. The group of priests have been a few weeks at the Institute Verbiest of the Catholic University of Leuven for a renewal course and ended with a pilgrimage to Rome. When Father Jeroom presented the Pope the draft pastoral exchanges, the Pope said , "Great! That is what we need". Fr. Paco had prepared 30 priests to say in Spanish: "We want Pope to visit China." To which the Pope replied immediately; "Yes, yes ... that's what I want." Fr. Jeroom, with offices in Leuven (Belgium), Taipei and Beijing, has over 30 years of work, building bridge with the Church in China and Vatican

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