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Bishop pushes the Year of Faith in China

FENGXIANG (Agencies): The 90-year-old Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxian in Shaanxi province, published a pastoral letter entitled, Reflection on the Year of Faith, on August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

Fides reports that the bishop makes 22 points to help people to prepare for the year with suggestions laid out in an extremely detailed manner.

He points out that the celebration of the Year of the Faith is wanted by Pope Benedict XVI and will begin on October 11.

Bishop Li says that there is a crisis of faith in today’s world, especially in the area of the relationship between faith and reason, faith and superstition, as well as the revelation of God, the transmission of revelation, sacred scriptures, tradition and the magisterium of the Church.

He calls the living witness of faith the example of the saints, especially the martyrs, and the letters of the apostles of today, which he names as all the documents of the magisterium of the Church and of the pope.

The bishop also writes of concrete ways to live the Year of Faith.

He says that priests must give an example of the life of faith and organise study sessions on the documents of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the scriptures.

He adds that men and women religious and members of Catholic associations must commit themselves to living their charism; every parish must programme study of the catechism, covering two points each week, and recite the rosary in community every day.

He is also forbidding the use of folk songs and secular songs mixed with sacred music during community celebrations.

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