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Published on May 16, 2012
Parishes across Brooklyn and Queens are holding celebrations for Mary during the month of May. For Chinese Catholics, that takes on added significance as, in their home country, they are not allowed to worship freely. They are required to join the government-approved Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which is not recognized by the Vatican. Groups of Catholics in communion with Rome still exist in China, and are part of what is known as the "underground Church" there.
Here in the U.S., it is a much different story and faithful Chinese Catholics certainly know how to celebrate. Last week, they held their fourth procession for Our Lady of She-Shan. Back in China, the Basilica of Our Lady She-Shan was built in thanksgiving for Mary having saved Shanghai, where She-Shan Hill is located, from anti-Christian massacre. Here in the Brooklyn Diocese, the celebration took to the streets of Flushing.