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Thousands turn out for Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of China feasts despite previous issues with the communist government

Chinese Catholics celebrate double Marian feasts

Bishop Gan Junqiu of Guangzhou incensed the statue of the Our Lady of Fatima before a procession around the Sacred Heart Cathedral began on the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima's apparitions. (Photo from Guangzhou Diocese WeChat account)

ucanews.com, Hong Kong
China

May 19, 2017

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Sixteen dioceses in China publicly held double celebrations for Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of China feasts May 13, despite problems in previous years with the communist government over the meaning of the Fatima apparition.

Chinese Catholics have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother, believing she would always protect them.

During the 1950s, a time of religious persecution in China, the Communist Party were angered that the Holy See had called on Chinese Catholics to pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.

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