I honestly don’t know a lot about the situation of the Catholic Church in China. This article, however, offers some insight into new regulations put forth by the Communist government in China regarding the appointment of bishops. The author explains how the Pope is not allowed to appoint the Catholic bishops in China. Appointing bishops is one of Pope Francis’ duties as Pope. Without appointment by the Successor of Peter these bishops are not and can not be recognized as legitimate Catholic bishops.
The article goes on to quotes Pope Francis.
“At the end of his general audience on May 22, Pope Francis called all Christians to pray on May 24 for the suffering Church in China: ‘I urge all Catholics around the world to join in prayer with our brothers and sisters who are in China, to implore from God the grace to proclaim with humility and joy Christ, who died and rose again; to be faithful to His Church and the Successor of Peter and to live everyday life in service to their country and their fellow citizens in a way that is consistent with the faith they profess.’
And then the Holy Father recited the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, China, written by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI: ‘Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China, who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love. May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus.'”
Today is May 24th. Please take a moment to pray for China, for the Catholics in China, and for religious liberty in China.