Next July 16th pilgrims and faithful from Henan will not be allowed to go on pilgrimage to the sanctuary in Tianjiajing. The government from the province of Henan has in fact decreed that the historic sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be blown up with dynamite; a complete ban on Catholics organizing their annual pilgrimage; a complete ban on any religious gathering or function being celebrated in the area. A statue of the Virgin, over one hundred years old, is destined to be destroyed along with 14 stations of The Way of the Cross which punctuate the entrance to the shrine…
Faithful from the diocese of Anyang have launched an appeal through AsiaNews: “We ask all our brothers and sisters in the Lord – they say – to pray for us and spread our message to all the faithful of the world”.
Once again we are reminded of how difficult it is for many of the world’s Catholics to freely practice their faith. Yet in the face of great personal risks they do not abandon the Church.
Let us pray. May the intercession of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Teresa of Avila bring strength and consolation to these persecuted Catholics.