An online global forum has appealed to Christians around the world to take part in a week-long prayer for the Church and the people of China. Source: UCA News.
The Global Prayer for China, which is set to begin on May 22, was initiated last year by an informal coalition of lay Christians from six continents, including outgoing Liberal MP Kevin Andrews, in response to a request from Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo.
“We are incensed and aggrieved by the oppression and persecution of China’s Christians and other religious minorities, some of whom are even suffering genocide. We pray for the government of China to govern with respect for universal and immutable human dignity and freedom of conscience and religion,” the group said in a press release.
“Now more than ever, it is vitally important for members of the Church worldwide to unite in prayer for those in China, particularly the vulnerable and those facing persecution,” it stated on its website.
Following the arrest and release of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen on May 12, Cardinal Bo has renewed and strengthened his call to prayer.
He noted the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China on May 24.
“Last year I called for this to be turned into a week of prayer each year, and I was heartened when a group of lay Catholics around the world took up my invitation and established the Global Week of Prayer for China,” he said.
“I urge Christians of all traditions everywhere to pray for Hong Kong especially, and the Church in China, as well as the Uyghurs, Tibetans and others facing persecution in China, during that week of prayer.”