Two weekends in July (II)

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This was my fourth visit to Yuncheng, Kiko’s hometown. The first was in 2009 after his captivity, then in 2011 with Paco to explain to his family his going to Spain for formation, and last year to grieve with them over his passing away and console them, and now to commemorate with them the first year of his going home to the Father’s heart.

We were welcomed by Kiko’s family as part of their family. Like in our previous visit, we were housed in the hotel of their cousin, also a Catholic, but we went to his parents’ home for meals. They were still mourning for him, but somehow after a year, there has been some healing though his mother said she would need two years to grieve.

I had thought at first that we would commemorate his first year anniversary privately with the celebration of the mass at home. But on 21 July, we all went to the parish church for the mass. There used to be a big church where Kiko served as an altar boy, but that church was demolished in 2011 to give way to the construction of the high speed railway, which was inaugurated last 1 July.  Now a box prefab building serves as the parish chapel.

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Two weekends in July (I)

DSCN498112-15 July 2014.

Paco and I went to the bus station for Zhaoxian but tickets were sold out, so we went to the West train station to take a train to Shijiazhuang. Since it was nearly noon, after more than half an hour of queuing, the only tickets available were for the 6 pm train. We then decided to cancel our visit to Zhaoxian and did not buy tickets, but due to the insistence of Victor over the phone, as he told us that everything had been prepared for our coming, we had to queue again to buy tickets to Shijiazhuang, and waited for four hours at the station.

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Hermanos ¡es verano!

DSCN5077En China como en el resto del orbe católico el tiempo de verano no es un tiempo de descanso, sino que se aprovecha la oportunidad que da el que chavales y jóvenes acaben su período escolar para llevar a cabo diversas actividades pastorales de larga duración, imposibles de realizar durante otras épocas del año. En la China rural al igual que en España en épocas pasadas como la del P. Claret, se realizan también tareas formativas y pastorales de larga duración durante el invierno. Con los campos helados a la espera de la primavera, las parroquias rurales realizan jornadas intensivas de formación que a veces llegan a durar más de dos meses, y no son dos horas al día sino viviendo en el lugar.

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Dios va por delante.

DSCN4144Cuando llegue a China hace unos siete años el superior regional de los SVD, P. Edwards. Me pidió si podía atender pastoralmente una vez al mes a la pequeña comunidad hispanohablante que se reunía en Shanghai a orar y a celebrar la Eucaristía. Aunque desde Pekín suponía un viaje bastante largo, acepté y desde entonces he tenido la gran dicha de ser acompañado en este periplo Chino por una comunidad católica hispanohablante. Somos un grupo variopinto, desde profesionales hasta estudiantes, algunos con muchos años en China y otros que se van incorporando, y que venimos desde México hasta el cabo de Hornos, pasando por España.

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柯乐仁会中国区诞生首位神父

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  2013年10月24日,这个对大家而言极其平常的日子,却对柯乐仁会中国区有着重要的意义,因为在这一天,柯乐仁会中国大陆区诞生了第一位神父,他就是年轻有为的薛神父。薛神父是柯乐仁会的第一位中华人民共和国的神父,这是柯乐仁会传教士在中国工作多年的第一个胜利果实,是柯乐仁会在中国蓬勃发展的美好开端,也是柯乐仁会东亚区发展事业中的一次大越进。它标志着柯乐仁会中国区从此走向正轨,并将大踏步地向着更加辉煌的未来迈进。

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