The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop asks for prayers for China
May 24, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Today, May 24, has been observed as World Day of Prayer for the Church in China by the Universal Church, a observance established in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. In a letter he sent to the Catholic Church in China, he expressed fraternal closeness with the faithful, acknowledged their suffering and offered some guidelines regarding the Church and evangelization in China. In his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop Richard Pates sent a letter to all U.S. bishops asking them to encourage prayer today for the people in China. A prayer of intention that may be used today or at this weekend's Masses is "The Church in China, that the Lord may help the Church in China persevere in fidelity to the Gospel and grow in unity."


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