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China's First Contemplative Monastery Since the Days of Mao Zedong Opens
Asia News ^ | 5/27/14

Posted on 05/28/2014 6:13:22 AM PDT by marshmallow

The "Garden of St. Augustine" in Lintou home to a community of nuns, devoted to prayer and care of the elderly and the sick. More than 1,700 people from 8 different dioceses attend opening. Those present include local political authorities. Sr. Mary Niu: "It is the fruit of our labors, but the work of God. He oversees all things, big or small". The apostolic blessing of Pope Francis.

Lintou (AsiaNews /SE) - The first contemplative monastery to be established in China since the foundation of the People¹s Republic in 1949 was officially blessed and opened on May 1 in Lintou, in the province of Shanxi.

The Monastery of St. Augustine¹s Garden was opened by Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu, from the diocese of Taiyuan; and Bishop Wu Jinwei, from Yuncheng, together with some 50 priests at a concelebrated a Mass in the courtyard of the sprawling building with over 1,700 people who gathered for the occasion and four bands provided musical accompaniment.

The inspiration behind the new venture, Sister Mary Niu Shufen, commented, "The monastery is not my work, but God¹s work, as he looks after both the small and the big work".

People from at least eight different dioceses gathered for what is being regarded as a momentous occasion, as what is always regarded as an integral part of the presence of the Church in any country, a house of contemplative prayer, has eventually returned to China.

The local director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, together with the local secretary of the Communist Party of China, both attended the opening Mass and congratulated the fledgling contemplative community on its achievement.

The 90-year-old Bishop John Baptist Wang Jin, from the local diocese of Yutze, was not able to attend the opening due to ill health, but he gratefully received an..............

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1 posted on 05/28/2014 6:13:22 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
The Monastery of St. Augustine¹s Garden was opened by Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu, from the diocese of Taiyuan; and Bishop Wu Jinwei, from Yuncheng, together with some 50 priests at a concelebrated a Mass in the courtyard of the sprawling building with over 1,700 people who gathered for the occasion and four bands provided musical accompaniment.

Absolutely amazing. Whodda ever thunk?
Thanks for posting.

2 posted on 05/28/2014 6:16:13 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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Whatever happened to Mao Tse Tung???????


3 posted on 05/28/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT by Boonie
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It is my hope that the ever growing Christian presence in China —both Catholic and Protestant turns into something so phenomenal that the average person whether Christian or not looks towards the “Church” as a vehicle for providing “the works of mercy” instead of the government. Because of the one child policy many couples are forced to take care of not only their child, but also 4 elderly parents—and many are not able to do this—so a lot of old people fall to the wayside.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 7:25:42 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (Let's drag out Lewinsky when Hillary runs--she was a victimized woman, no?)
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Whatever happened to Peking???????


5 posted on 05/28/2014 8:02:35 AM PDT by Boonie
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Is it now called Bejiing Duck????


6 posted on 05/28/2014 8:03:32 AM PDT by Boonie
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Contemplatives caring for the elderly and sick: "God's work."

This is wonderful What blessings they will bring to the Chinese people! Matteo Ricci, pray for them!

7 posted on 05/28/2014 9:04:40 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Therefore, as GodÂ’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with kindness. (Col 3:1)
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“Whatever happened to Mao Tse Tung?”


The cat got it.


8 posted on 05/28/2014 10:02:37 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2010/11/chinese_transliteration


9 posted on 05/28/2014 6:11:21 PM PDT by vladimir998
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