Pope Benedict on Mary, Pentecost, and China Prayer Day

Pope Benedict XVI


Today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on Pentecost, Mary, and China:

Vatican: Pope: There is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary. Prayer for China

Vatican City – “There is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary…” So said Benedict XVI in his reflection before reciting the Regina Caeli with pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

After the Marian prayer, the pontiff also called on all Christians in China and the world to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which he established on May 24 with the Letter to Chinese Catholics in 2007.

“The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians – said the pope – offers us – tomorrow May 24th – the chance to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Church in China. While the faithful in China are praying that the unity among themselves and with the universal Church will grow ever deeper, Catholics in the world – especially those who are of Chinese origin – will join them in prayer and charity, that the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts, especially in today’s solemnity.

Earlier, Benedict XVI stressed the link between Mary and the Holy Spirit and recalled his recent visit to Fatima…http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=33451&t=Vatican%3A+++Pope%3A+There+is+no+Pentecost+without+the+Virgin+Mary.+Prayer+for+China

The pontiff has increased his emphasis on Mary lately (see Pope Benedict in Fatima, Portugal and Pope Speaks on Fatima Feast Day)–but the Bible does not suggest that she was a prominent part of Pentecost in Acts 2 (though she was apparently there; cf. Acts 1:14).

We in the Living Church of God have long prayed for China to be reached, but not in conjunction in with Fatima or specifically May24th.

For more information on related topics, please check out the following:

Pentecost: Is it more than Acts 2? Many “Christians” somewhat observe Pentecost. Do they know what it means? It is also called the Feast of Harvest, the Feast of Weeks, and the day of firstfruits. What about “speaking in tongues”?
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions Do you know much about Mary? Are the apparitions real? What happened at Fatima? What might they mean for the rise of the ecumenical religion of Antichrist? Are Protestants moving towards Mary? How do the Orthodox view Mary? How might Mary view her adorers?
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 1: Genesis and Chinese Characters This article provides information showing that the Chinese peoples must have known about various accounts in the Book of Genesis up until their dispersion after the Tower of Babel.
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 2: The Sabbath and Some of God’s Witness in China When did Christianity first come to China? And is there early evidence that they observed the seventh day sabbath?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Living Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja viva do deus? Tambien Español: Cuál es fiel: ¿La iglesia católica romana o La Iglesia del Dios Viviente? Auch: Deutsch: Welches zuverlässig ist: Die Römisch-katholische Kirche oder die lebende Kirche von Gott?

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