Skip to comments.Catholics Worship Outside a Locked-Up Pilgrimage Site [China]
Posted on 12/03/2018 6:35:48 PM PST by marshmallow
Established in the 19th century, the church and its parish in Shanxis Dongergou village was a massive draw for nearby believers and pilgrims alike. The use of the church was prohibited in July, but members of the congregation still hold mass outside it.
The Dongergou Parish is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Shanxi. Located 30 kilometers south of Taiyuan city, it is home to a famous pilgrimage site, The Shrine of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, sitting atop of the Seven Sorrows Mountain. Tens of thousands of people used to visit it each year, starting their uphill pilgrimage path, adorned with stations of the cross and statues of saints and angels, at the village of Dongergou with a Catholic Church and the Franciscan House. Established in 1893, the missionary has been a stronghold for the Franciscans, having cultivated 100 priests throughout its history. The population of the village is 1,300, and all of them are Catholic.
In July this year, the local authorities prohibited the use of the church claiming that it had become dangerous for use. However, that argument falls flat considering the fact that the church administration already filed a plea to rebuild it last year but it hasnt been approved yet.
Believers gather at the meeting venue outside the church.
In October, authorities demolished the statue of an angel at the gate of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows on the mountain. According to an AsiaNews report, the official reason for the demolition was that the pilgrimage site had too many crosses and too many statues already. However, the real reason was the Chinese Communist Partys goal of sinicization of faith.
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The Chinese Catholics who endure such persecution for the Faith are an inspiration to me...
Thanks to Jorge Bergoglio’s betrayal.
God bless them.
Yes and the poor Christians in Pakistan Iran Sudan Nigeria Somalia and a long long list of Islamic hell holes
God bless these brave Chinese Catholics.
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