Detentions of underground clergy in China are common, as a means of pressuring them to join the state-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
The words of Jeremiah 1:5 — “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you” — are written on the bells beneath the image of the ultrasound.
Pope Francis thanked Cardinal Tomasi for “the positive steps taken in the spiritual and moral renewal of the Order” in the past year since his appointment,
Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan, the former head of the Jesuits’ Chinese province, is scheduled to be consecrated as a bishop in the city’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 4.
Those who have recently turned 12 will have a three-month “grace period” to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before being subject to the vaccine passport system at churches, the diocese said.