ASIA/CHINA – Four Chinese Bishops in Europe to reactivate after the covid fraternal cooperation between the Churches

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ASIA/CHINA – 4 Chinese language Bishops in Europe to reactivate after the covid fraternal cooperation between the Church buildings

Monday, 18 September 2023

Leuven (Agenzia Fides) – In Europe (Belgium, Holland and France) to reactivate the trail of fraternal cooperation between the Church buildings after the troublesome parenthesis marked by the pandemic. That is the explanation for the one-week journey to a few European international locations of 4 Successors of the Apostles of the Individuals’s Republic of China: Joseph Guo Jincai, Bishop of the diocese of Chengde and new rector of the Nationwide Seminary of Beijing; Paul Pei Junmin, Bishop of the diocese of Shenyang; Joseph Liu Xinhong, Bishop of Anhui province and Joseph Cui Qingqi, Bishop of Wuhan.
On the invitation of the Ferdinand Verbiest Basis of Leuven in Belgium, a basis sponsored by the Chinese language Province of the Missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary CICM (Scheut), the Chinese language delegation arrived in Leuven on September 7, welcomed by Father Jeroom Heyndrickx (CICM), missionary and nice pal of the Catholic Church in China, in addition to with different members of the inspiration and the Catholic College of Leuven concerned in Chinese language research. The 4 bishops instantly went on pilgrimage to the church of St. Damian the place they concelebrated the Eucharist. Throughout their keep, they organized a coaching course in Chinese language for monks, spiritual and Catholic laity from China. The Bishops additionally participated in conferences on the Verbiest Basis and the Chinese language School to discover new methods to reactivate exchanges and coaching programs in collaboration with Chinese language dioceses. Moreover, the Chinese language Bishops have been obtained by Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, President of the Belgian Episcopal Convention and Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Malines-Brussels, to whom they introduced the collaboration proposals agreed with the Verbiest Basis. The assembly concluded with a Eucharistic concelebration within the Archdiocesan chapel, within the presence of the newly ordained Archbishop of Malines-Brussels, Luc Terlinden.
The 4 Bishops skilled a second of prayerful reflection in entrance of the Chinese language coffin of Father Theophile Verbiest, founding father of the Congregation. Warmly welcomed by Father Luc Colla, vice-provincial of the Scheut missionaries, the Bishops concelebrated the mass presided over by Paul Pei, bishop of Shenyang the place the Scheut missionaries labored.
After visiting the Parc Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Heverlee, one of many oldest abbeys in Belgium, and Tournai, one of many oldest dioceses in Belgium, the Chinese language bishops made a brief stopover to the Netherlands, on the motherhouse of the SVD Verbites missionaries in Steyl. In Broekhuizenvorst, they commemorated the 9 martyrs: Vincentian bishop Schraven and his companions. Additionally they met Jan Hendriks, bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, and discused with him the fifteenth Worldwide Verbiest Convention to be held in 2024, to which Chinese language Catholic students can even be invited.
From September 12 to fifteen, the Chinese language bishops continued their go to to France by assembly the missionaries of the Society for International Missions of Paris (MEP). The Ferdinand Verbiest Basis (VF) was created in 1982 by the Chinese language Province of the Missionaries of the CICM (Scheut). Tutorial analysis, cultural exchanges, dialogue and cooperation between Church buildings are the 4 pillars of its mission geared toward selling dialogue and cultural trade with China and the Catholic Church in China. The Basis is engaged in joint educational analysis with institutes in China and Belgium. It collaborates with the Church in China in a spirit of Christian fraternity and communion between specific Church buildings. Moreover, in collaboration with the Church in China, the inspiration offers coaching for Church ministers by way of seminary educating, scholarship, and pastoral and social dedication. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 18/9/2023)



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