Day of Prayer for the Church in China

2012-05-25 Vatican Radio

Thursday, May 24th is a day dedicated in a special way to the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, venerated with great devotion at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai.

That’s what Pope Benedict said on Sunday after praying the Regina Coeli in Saint Peter's Square adding how we can join in prayer with all Catholics who are in China, so that they may announce with humility and joy the Risen Christ, be faithful to his Church and the Successor of Peter and live their daily life in a manner consistent with the faith we profess.

Mary, Virgin most faithful, he concluded support the path of Chinese Catholics, render their prayer them ever more intense and precious in the eyes of the Lord, and advance the affection and the participation of the universal Church in the journey of the Church in China.

To mark the Day of Prayer for the Church in China which coincides with this memorial Veronica Scarisbrick speaks to Father Emmanuel Lim SJ about the figure of Matteo Ricci in a feature which includes a passage from the diary of this charismatic Jesuit whose memory still lives on in China today: "..the work of evangelisation , of making Christians should be carried on both in Peking and in the Provinces, following methods both of a pacific nature and of cultural adaptation. Europeanism is to be shunned."...