Down to the Wire: Just $6,332 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Chinese Church, government officials wrestle for control of annual day of prayer

Catholic World News - May 23, 2011

Chinese government officials have set up security checkpoints around the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, discouraging Catholics from traveling there on May 24: the day established by Pope Benedict XVI as a special day of prayer for the Church in China.

Annual pilgrimages to the Sheshan shrine once drew tens of thousands of Catholics each year. Government restrictions have cut down the participation, but Bishop Xing Wenzhi, an auxiliary of the Shanghai diocese, still plans to celebrate Mass at the shrine on Tuesday, the feast of Mary, Help of Christians. Catholics of the “underground” Church in Shanghai report that their priests have been taken away by police for a government-sponsored “tour,” to ensure that they will not lead pilgrimages to the Marian shrine. Arrests of “underground” priests have been reported in the north of the country as well.

The shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan has become a battleground in the struggle between the Vatican and the government-backed Patriotic Association for control of the Church in China, notes Father Bernard Cervellera of the AsiaNews service. Tensions are high this year as the Holy Father has made an urgent new appeal for prayers for the Chinese Church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($55,592 to go):
$150,000.00 $94,408.13
37% 63%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 19 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25