World Day of Prayer for
Church in China
May 24 is the day of prayer for the Church in
China. It was proposed by
Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 that every
year, May 24, precisely on the feast of Mary Help of Christians to pray
for the Church in China.
Following are suggestions of Prayer Intentions for the Church in China,
to be used during the world day of prayer, or the previous Sunday (May
Church in China.
That the Lord may help the Church in China persevere in fidelity to the
Gospel and grow in unity.
In China, the Catholic Church is confusingly divided into the
government-sanctioned Catholic Patriotic Association and the underground
Church. The Catholic Patriotic Association forbids its members and
clergy to communicate with the Vatican or other foreign Catholic
organizations. In defiance of the Church doctrine of apostolic
succession, the Chinese government appoints bishops for the Catholic
Patriotic Association. Wrongly seen as a threat to the government, many
underground Catholic bishops, priests, and laity have been imprisoned.
Our prayers are timely now because a growing number of Chinese are
openly seeking God for the first time in decades. New-found material
wealth for many has left people spiritually dissatisfied. The Pope asked
for Christians around the world to make May 24 a day of prayer for
China. We pray earnestly for the divided Church in China, that all
Catholics there may be reconciled to one another and united in their
fidelity to the Gospel.