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Mercy theme for Lent in China

BEIJING (SE): The letter from Pope Francis convoking the Jubilee of Mercy, especially its stress on performing corporal works of charity and mercy, has become the main theme for the observance of Lent in China this year.

The Face of God (Misericordiae Vultus) was the central theme of a retreat held in the parish of Xuanhua, Hebei province, between February 24 and 27.

Fides reported that the local priests explained the history of Jubilee Years and the meaning of God’s mercy, encouraging people to be reconciled with their neighbours and get a real taste of mercy in their own lives as they walk the path towards Easter.

On the feast day of the Chair of Peter, February 22, which is also the date of the traditional Lantern Feast that signals the conclusion of the festivities for the Lunar New Year, Bishop Wu Qinjing, from the diocese of Zhouzhi in Shaanxi province, ordained two new deacons in the presence of thousands of people.

These two new workers for the Lord’s vineyard represent a motive of joy and confidence for a diocese already fully engaged in pastoral activity and outreach among the wider community.

At St. Teresa parish in Beijing on the second Sunday of Lent, the scrutinies were held for 10 catechumens preparing to receive the sacraments of Christian initiation at Easter. The oldest catechumen is 80-years-old and the youngest is aged 30.

All 10 have been faithful to their catechesis and meditation on the word of God. They have been accompanied on their paths by the prayer of the parish community.

The Catholic community of Chang in Sichuan province organised a course of Lenten formation for young people during the New Year holidays from February 10 to 22 on the theme of mercy.

 

And the end of the course on the Feast of the Chair of Peter during a solemn celebration of Mass, the priest reflected on the intimate bond between faith and daily life, the spirituality of mercy and works of charity.

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