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Friday, June 12, 2015

China is officially consecrated to the Virgin Mary - A Moment with Mary



* June 12 – Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Mary proclaimed Queen of China in Zikawei (Shanghai) in 1924  * China is officially consecrated to the Virgin Mary  ----- A Moment with Mary --

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June 12 – Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Mary proclaimed Queen of China in Zikawei (Shanghai) in 1924 

China is officially consecrated to the Virgin Mary



In the heart of Catholic China, the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians of Zo-se, Apostolic Vicariate of Nanjing (Shanghai), is of national importance.

A missionary in 1844, noticing a Buddhist temple in ruins, was inspired to build a shrine there in honor of the Virgin Mary. His dream came true in 1867 and soon Christians came there on pilgrimage.

It was at this shrine that the apostolic delegate in China, in union with all the bishops and priests of that land, came to officially consecrate China to the Virgin in 1924.

After the military victory of Mao-tse-tung, the shrine was desecrated and remained closed for twenty years. But the courage of over thirty thousand pilgrims put an end to that situation.

In 1978, between March 15 - 17, pilgrims entered the ruined shrine and placed a small statue of the Blessed Virgin there. The authorities were unable to intervene, because the action took place peacefully. Thus reopened for worship, the shrine was entrusted to the priests of the national Church, then separated from Rome, who later brought a statue of Mary Help of Christians from Turin in 1990.

Attilio GALLI
Dans Madre della Chiesa dei Cinque continenti, Ed. Segno, Udine, 1997

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