Pope Benedict offered special prayers for the Catholics in China who face severe constraints to practice their faith. He composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan in Shanghai for the occasion and asked that Catholics all over the world observe May 24 as the “World Day of Prayer for the Church in China”, an annual day of prayer observed every year since 2007.
“While the faithful in China pray that the unity between themselves and the universal church may become ever deeper. Catholics in the whole world and especially those of Chinese origin join them in prayer and charity,” the pope said.
“By our prayers we can obtain for the church in China that it remain one, holy and Catholic, faithful and steadfast in doctrine and in ecclesial discipline…by our prayers we can help them to find the path to keep their faith alive, to keep their hope strong, to keep their love for all people ardent.”
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