Pope Francis assures Catholics in China of prayers, support

A Catholic worshipper walks toward the altar as people attend a Mass at the government-sanctioned St. Ignatius Catholic Cathedral in Shanghai on Sept. 30, 2018. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP via LiCAS.news)

Pope Francis prayed for the Catholic faithful in China who were celebrating the feast of the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians and Patroness of China on May 24.

The pontiff assured Chinese Catholics “that the universal Church, of which you are an integral part, shares your hopes and supports you in your trials.”

He entrusted the people of China to the Blessed Virgin Mary that they “might be strong in faith and steadfast in fraternal union, joyful witnesses, promoters of charity and hope, and good citizens.”

He said assured the faithful that the Blessed Virgin will accompany them “with prayer for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.”