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Chinese in Italy mark World Day of Prayer for China

ROME (AsiaNews): Around 400 Chinese people gathered in Prato, Italy, on May 5 to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which was established in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI in his letter to the Catholic people on the mainland.

Although it is usually marked on May 24, the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, the Chinese Catholic Community in Prato, which is the biggest in the country, decided to observe the day early.

The organisers said that they wanted to add the goal of promoting missionary activity among the members of their community.

The observance of the day was, in effect, a two-day rally, done in collaboration with the local diocese.

The programme included a Mass on May 5, celebrated by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, the Hong Kong-born secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as well as several activities aimed at raising awareness among the migrant Chinese diaspora in the city.

In the evening, representatives of each Chinese Catholic community in Italy shared about their work and life experiences to promote mutual cooperation.

On May 6, there was a Mass led the bishop of Prato, which was followed by a procession through the city’s Chinatown.

In previous years, the day has been marked in Rome, Naples, Macerata and Rimini.

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