Priests walking in procession to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. Photo: HAI SING PAO Priests walking in procession to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. Photo: HAI SING PAO

Pray for China’s clergy to be witnesses for God, and support the Church there through donating religious books and sharing of experience.

These were some suggestions that Fr Henry Siew gave during a Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China on May 24.

Fr Henry, who is spiritual director of the Archdiocesan Commission for Apostolate of Mandarin-speaking (ACAMS), urged the 700-hundred-strong congregation at the Church of the Holy Cross to pray to our Lady of Sheshan for the China Church.

In China, Mary is venerated at the shrine of Sheshan, near Shanghai.

Speaking in Mandarin and English, Fr Henry also encouraged the congregation to gain a better understanding of the China Church situation through websites such as those of the Macau Ricci Institute, Hong Kong’s Holy Spirit Study Centre and the Ferdinand Verbiest Foundation.

The evening celebration started with priests, nuns and laypeople praying the rosary in both Mandarin and English. Mass began after this with parish representatives bearing their banners and walking in procession together apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli and priests.

This is the fifth year that ACAMS has organised this event. It is in response to a request in 2007 by then Pope Benedict XVI, who designated May 24 as a day of prayer for the Church in China.

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