Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Beijing, Jul. 24, 2007 (CWNews.com) - The leading figure in China's Catholic Patriotic Association has praised the Pope Benedict's message to the Church in China, and said he hopes that the Pontiff will visit his country soon.
In an interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, Liu Bainian, the vice-chairman of the Patriotic Association, said that the papal message released on June 30 was a "positive" development.
Liu went on to say: "With my whole heart, I hope that one day, I will see the Pope here in Beijing celebrating Mass for us Chinese. Italian Catholics do not know how we very much want to see him." He asked La Reppublica to convey the message that "we pray for him continuously and for a papal visit."