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Pope Francis: pray that China’s Catholics will be united to the Pope

May 20, 2015

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24.

On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai,” Pope Francis said. “In the statue overlooking the shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy.”

“May we, too, ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be ever more credible witnesses of this merciful love in the midst of their people, and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built,” he added.

 


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