Vatican City, May 24, 2023 / 03:12 am
Pope Francis asked Catholics Wednesday to pray that the Gospel can be fully and freely shared in China.
At the end of his general audience on May 24, the pope recalled the Church’s celebration of “the World Day of Prayer for China, which coincides with the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, venerated and invoked in the Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan in Shanghai.”
He said he wanted to use that occasion to remember and express his closeness to Catholics in China, “sharing their joys and their hopes.”
“A special thought,” Pope Francis said, “to all those who suffer, pastors and faithful, so that in the communion and solidarity of the universal Church, they can experience consolation and encouragement.”