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Pope to Chinese Catholics: ‘Universal Church Prays With You & for You’

Wish for Brotherhood & Reconciliation, in Full Communion With Rome

Pope Francis wishes the Catholics of China “fraternity, concord and reconciliation, in full communion with the Successor of Peter.”
The Holy Father expressed this during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday morning, May 23, 2018, on the eve of the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, venerated at the Sheshan Shrine in Shanghai.
Since 2007, at the initiative of Pope Benedict XVI, May 24 marks the Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
In the appeal toward the end of the Audience, Pope Francis invited the crowd to “be spiritually united to all the Catholic faithful living in China.”

“Let us pray for them the Virgin Mary, so that they may live the faith with generosity and serenity, and so that they know how to accomplish concrete gestures of fraternity, concord and reconciliation, in full communion with the Successor of Peter,” he encouraged.

“Dearest disciples of the Lord in China,” the Holy Father reminded, “the universal Church prays with you and for you, so that in the midst of difficulties you may continue to entrust yourself to the will of God. The help of the Virgin will never fail you and she will protect you with her motherly love.”

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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