Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Pope appeals for Chinese Catholics' freedom from fear


Vatican City, May 22 - China's Catholic community
was remembered by Pope Francis at Wednesday's general audience
in St Peter's square, who appealed to the Virgin Mary to
"sustain them".
"Let them live daily lives practicing their
faith...without being afraid to speak of Jesus," the pontiff
A large underground congregation of Catholics in China
swears ultimate loyalty to the pope while only the Catholic
Patriotic Association (CPA), the state-controlled version of the
Catholic church, is recognized by Beijing.
Tensions have been long-running between the Chinese
government and the Vatican over the Holy See's refusal to
recognize the CPA, and vice-versa.
In March following Pope Francis' election, China
congratulated the pontiff and asked that the new leader of
the Catholic church take a "flexible and pragmatic" approach in
his relations with Beijing.

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