There was some hope that the Marian Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Sheshan, in the People’s Republic of China, would be included among the shrines of reference for one of the daily rosaries for the end of pandemic called by Pope Francis during May.
But the final list did not have that shrine, nor any other one in China.
The Marian shrine of Sheshan is a reference point for Catholics in China. Every year, during May, the shrine is the destination of pilgrimages from all over the country, especially on her May 24 feast.
The shrine of Sheshan is located in the Diocese of Shanghai, where Bishop Taddeo Ma Daqin has been under house arrest since 2012.
For the second consecutive year, authorities have suspended pilgrimages to Sheshan arguing COVID-related restrictions.