CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Lunar New Year mercy style

BEIJING (SE): “Being a Catholic is wonderful!” a woman exclaimed in astonishment when she saw some priests and parishioners visiting the sick in hospital on February 8, the eve of the Lunar New Year.

Fides reported that the Chinese Catholic community celebrates this event according to its custom of carrying out works of charity and mercy, bringing the peace and love of Christ to the sick, the lonely elderly people, the disadvantaged and needy, thus living the Year of Mercy as encouraged by Pope Francis.

With the temperature at 20 degrees below zero, the parishioners from Donghe in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, began a systematic pastoral visitation on February 2, under the theme God is Love and Mercy.

People made their cars available in addition to their money to deliver aid to the remotest basic ecclesial communities, to the poorest of the poor. At every meeting, in addition to delivering material aid, the priest also administered the sacraments, as well as distributing copies of the pope’s letter calling the Jubilee of Mercy.

During the visits, either at hospitals or at home to the elderly people of the parish of the Holy Trinity of Jiujiang community, Jiangxi province, the priests administered the sacrament of the sick, as well as the Eucharist and prayed together with the bedridden and aging patients.

The parish of Fangada in Xianxian, Bei province, donated material and spiritual aid to 31 poor families that had the opportunity to experience the Year of Mercy firsthand.

Wenzhou community put the spotlight on the pastoral care of university students, who were on vacation for the Lunar New Year, to encourage them to live out the Year of Mercy.

 

During a camp held from January 28 to February 3, over 230 university students “encountered Jesus in prayer and community life, in a fraternal atmosphere, as well as reflecting on their own Christian vocation.”

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