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a grim prediction

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 30, 2005

The 5th plenary meeting of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee will be held in Beijing October 8- 11, the AsiaNews service reports.

Why do I mention this?

Because very often, right before an important meeting of Communist Party officials, there is a round-up of dissidents, including religious leaders, who do not acknowledge the Party's authority. And in preparation for this meeting, AsiaNews notes:

In the announcement, the Politburo and the State Council urged cadres and officials to “do their best when handling conflicts with the masses"-- a veiled reference to the growing number of mass protests which have rocked China in recent times.

So right before the Central Committee meeting, zealous Communist officials in the provinces will be looking to please their superiors by cracking down on movements regarded as dangerous to the Party line.

This might be a good time to pray for our Chinese brothers in the underground Church.

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  • Posted by: Novus744 - Oct. 01, 2005 12:10 AM ET USA

    I will be praying for their martyrdom, if it be the will of God.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2005 5:39 PM ET USA

    Phil, I will be remembering my Chinese brother priests/bishops when I offer Mass each day. May they be strengthened by Jesus Himself in the Holy Eucharist.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2005 4:39 PM ET USA

    Yes, Phil, let’s pray for them. And let’s also pray that Rome will quit cozying up to the DRCBs (Dirty Rotten Commie B_ _ _ _ _ _ s) -- a handy acronym -- and the pseudo-bishops of the schismatic Patriotic Church.

  • Posted by: MM - Sep. 30, 2005 12:09 PM ET USA

    May God help them. Help them to stand firm.

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