Appeal by Bishop Tong urging the faithful to pray for the Church in China on the eve of a scheduled illicit episcopal ordination
13 July 2011
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
As you may know, there were illegitimate episcopal ordinations on November 20, 2010 and June 29, 2011 in China. Another illegitimate episcopal ordination is planned to be held in Shantou Diocese, Guangdong Province tomorrow (July 14, 2011). These ordinations are illegitimate because they are being carried out by the government without our Holy Father’s approval.
Facing this sad and painful situation, I urge all of you to pray for our brothers and sisters in China as they struggle to keep their faith.
+ JOHN TONG