Chinese Catholics pray for Italy, Holy See amid COVID-19 pandemic
Bishop Zhan Silu (heart) hosts the mass on Wednesday. Photograph:Courtesy of Luo Wen
China’s Catholic Mindong diocese on Wednesday morning held a mass to wish for Italy and the Holy See, that are laid low with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Zhan Silu hosted the ceremony within the cathedral of Mindong diocese in Ningde, East China’s Fujian Province. He referred to as monks within the diocese to wish for Italy and the Holy See.
“We pray for the world combating in opposition to the pandemic. We pray for the staff and clergymen within the Holy See. We pray for individuals in Italy,” Bishop Zhan mentioned throughout the mass, in response to video clips despatched to the International Instances.
“A drop of water in want, shall be returned with a spring in deed,” the bishop mentioned, including that “When the virus first hit China earlier this yr, in addition to when the earthquake occurred in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province beforehand, Italy instantly despatched help and provides.”
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He informed the International Instances the diocese is attending to know the wants and channels to donate to Italy. He mentioned they might additionally prefer to ship provides in have to the Holy See if crucial.
The Wednesday mass didn’t admit believers regardless of the presence of clergymen. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, all types of gatherings, together with non secular actions in church buildings in Mindong, have been suspended for public security up to now months.
About 600,000 to 700,000 masks have been despatched to China from the Vatican since January 27, by the help of the Vatican Pharmacy and Chinese language Christian communities in Italy, Vincenzo Han Duo, vice rector of The Pontifical City School within the Vatican, informed the International Instances.
Italy’s complete confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 have jumped to 31,506 by Tuesday, in response to Angelo Borreli, chief of the Italian Civil Safety Division. The dying toll in Italy reached 2,503.
Vatican confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6. The affected person is a priest from France’s Catholic Church in Rome, in response to the Related Press.
Bishop Zhan, who’s authorised by the state and in addition among the many seven bishops acknowledged by Vatican in September 2018, grew to become the diocesan bishop in Mindong in December 2018.