Joseph Ratzinger’s gifts to Chinese Catholics – Agenzia Fides

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Rome (Agenzia Fides) – For the past 15 years, Catholics from all over the world have been invited to pray for their brothers and sisters in the Church in China once a year. Since then, the World Day of Prayer for Catholics in China has taken place on May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians, who is venerated with that title in the national Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, near Shanghai.
It was Pope Benedict XVI who introduced the Day of Prayer for the Church in China with his Letter to Chinese Catholics in 2007.
Joseph Ratzinger has always perceived that the experiences of Catholics in China are linked in a special way to the mystery of the Church. And even before he became Bishop of Rome, he was instrumental in directing and guiding the decisions of the Holy See in the often difficult matters of Catholicism in the People’s Republic of China.
In the early 1980s, at the beginning of the long period he spent at the helm of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the then Bavarian cardinal had conducted the most significant work of discernment implemented by the Holy See regarding the condition of the Church catholic in contemporary China.

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Joseph Ratzinger’s gifts to Chinese Catholics – Agenzia Fides

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