Invitation to Pray for the Church in China

13th May 2013 - by Stephen Awre

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One of the legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his plea to Catholics throughout the world to pray for the Chinese Church, especially on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians on May 24th.

The diocese of Leeds has responded to this by producing a simple toolkit for marking this feast, either through personal prayer or by involving parish communities at the Sunday Masses on 19th or 26th May.  The toolkit includes a prayer written by Pope Benedict XVI, a suggested intercession and notice for the bulletin, and provides details of the Cultural Exchange with China (CEC) through which you can learn more about the culture and growth of the Catholic Church in China.

  Day of Prayer for the Church in China, 24th May 2013 (99.2 KiB, 1,076 hits)

Columban Eamonn O’Brien has been pivotal in the work of the CEC and is currently in China where he is conducting an 8-week renewal course for priests and religious sisters.  His work and that of the Columban’s China Mission Unit, led by Fr. Dan Troy, was given great encouragement last year by the decision of the Columban’s General Assembly to focus part of the Society’s vision for the next six years on strengthening its mission to the Chinese.

The Missionary Society of St. Columban was founded by Frs. Edward Galvin and John Blowick as a mission to China and the Society will be celebrating its centenary in 2018.

The Cultural Exchange with China promotes awareness in the Catholic Church in Britain about China, its culture, history and present situation. It helps people in Britain to experience the current cultural and religious reality in China through exposure visits and other methods.