About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

China's Catholics Gather in Shanghai Celebration

by Bidita Debnath on May 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Font : A-A+

 China's Catholics Gather in Shanghai Celebration

In a show of religious fervour permitted by the Communist-ruled state, thousands of Chinese Catholics gathered in Shanghai for a celebration to honour the Virgin Mary.

China exercises strict control over religion, requiring followers to worship in state-approved churches.

Advertisement

In an annual tradition dating back more than a hundred years, pilgrims walked up Sheshan -- or She Mountain -- the site of two churches and the seminary for Shanghai's Catholic Diocese in the city's southwest.

One man carried a wooden cross grasped in both hands in front of him while others knelt on the ground, crossing themselves and chanting prayers, before a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Advertisement

"Today Catholics throughout the world are praying for the Church of China," a nun told AFP.

"We gathered here to honour this important date, and pray for Mary, for God, for our faith, for the Chinese people and eternal love," she said.

Pope Francis on Friday tweeted a prayer for Catholics in China on what is known as the feast day of the Virgin of Sheshan and celebrated mass before a group of Chinese Catholics in the Vatican.

Earlier this week ahead of the celebration, Francis called on Chinese Catholics to affirm their loyalty to him, and prayed that they be allowed to live in accordance with their faith.

China and the Vatican severed diplomatic ties in 1951 after Rome recognised the Nationalist government in Taiwan, a rival to the Communist regime.

Although Beijing and the Vatican have improved relations in recent years as the Chinese Catholic population has grown they remain at odds over which side has the authority to ordain priests.

The long-serving bishop of Shanghai's state-run Catholic church, Aloysius Jin Luxian, died last month, raising questions over who will succeed him.

His intended successor was Thaddeus Ma Daqin, but he was stripped of his title of auxiliary bishop last year after he dramatically split with official religious authorities.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Church Tax to be Paid by Roman Catholics
In order to remain a member of the Church and participate in its rites, a top German court ruled on ...
No Reports of New Bird Flu Cases in China
National health authorities have said that no new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded ....
Demand for Male Nurses in China on the Rise
Even though they represent less than one percent of the total nursing population in the country, ......
Shanghai Family Devastated By China Bird Flu
The virus has already killed her mother, and Kelly Gu's father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use