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Pope makes impassioned appeals for Syria and China during general audience

February 13, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “Beloved and tormented” Syria “has been bleeding for years,” the Pontiff said as he appealed for prayers. “Also a prayer,” he said, “for our Chinese brothers who suffer from this cruel disease”—a reference to the coronavirus.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 16, 2020 7:25 PM ET USA

    The coronavirus is only a physical malady. What about the cruel spiritual suffering being inflicted on Chinese Catholics by the atheist government? Churches bulldozed, school children not even allowed to enter a church or receive religious instruction, threats, assaults, intimidation, imprisonment, banishment, coercive demands that communist propaganda be proclaimed from the pulpit, renewed persecution of the "underground Church"? When will the Vatican speak up in defense of these little ones?