May 24: World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

In May 2007 Pope Benedict composed a special prayer for the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24), venerated at the shrine of Sheshan, near Shanghai. He also designated May 24 as the yearly World Day of Prayer for China and asked that we recite this prayer. Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the [...]

Archbishop’s Message: Praying for Church in China

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI released a Letter to Chinese Catholics, in which he asked that May 24 each year be celebrated as a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He chose May 24 because it is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, [...]

The Pope Entrusts To Mary All The Citizens Of Lebanon

Vatican City, 26 March 2014 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent a message, on behalf of the Holy Father Francis, to the participants in the eighth Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting, “Together around Mary, Our Lady”. The meeting, which took place in Beirut, Lebanon, to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation, was [...]

Pope Announces Visit To Shrine Of Our Lady Of Bonaria

Vatican City, 15 May 2013 (VIS) – At the end of today's general audience, the Pope, addressing a group of pilgrims from the Italian island of Sardinia, announced that he would like to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria that is located in the Sardinian city of Cagliari. “I would like to visit [...]

Holy Father To Make A Pastoral Visit To The Shrine Of Loreto

Vatican City, 20 September 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father is to make a pastoral visit to Loreto, Italy, on 4 October, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII's visit to that Marian shrine. Benedict XVI will depart from the Vatican by helicopter at 9 a.m., arriving at the John Paul II Centre [...]

Prayers for Cubans at Marian shrine

EL COBRE, CUBA – For 400 years, Cubans have brought their sorrows and joys before the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.When Pope Benedict visited the shrine on March 27, he echoed their prayers for a future marked by less poverty and greater freedom.“I have entrusted to the mother of God the [...]

Special Envoy for 350th Anniversary of Shrine of Werl

VATICAN CITY, 25 JUN 2011 (VIS) - Made public today was a Letter, written in Latin and dated 17 June, in which the Holy Father appoints Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the 350th anniversary of the Marian shrine of Werl, in the German archdiocese [...]

Crowds visit shrine to mark prayer day for China Church

The procession at the Sheshan Marian Shrine near Shanghai on May 24. (UCANEWS.COM photo). The number of pilgrims was probably the largest since the local government tightened security at the first such celebration in 2008. SHANGHAI, CHINA – There was a greater atmosphere of festivity at the Sheshan Marian shrine near Shanghai this year as [...]