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Church in China needs prayers, papal spokesman reiterates

May 24, 2011

The Vatican’s chief spokesman has emphasized that Pope Benedict’s designation of May 24 as a special day of prayer for the Church in China should be understood not as a political move, but “for what it is meant to be: that is, above all, an appeal for prayer.” That

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, explained that the Holy Father is “confident that through prayer we can do something very real” to help the Catholics of China.

The papal spokesman repeated the Pontiff’s message that the Catholics of China “have a right to our prayers, they need our prayers.” Chinese Catholics are struggling to maintain unity among the faithful and unity with the Holy See, he said, and need the support of the universal Church.


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