A volume of commentaries in Chinese on the magisterium of Pope Francis in the past ten years of his pontificate was released last week in Rome.
“The Magisterium of Pope Francis: A guide to reading his Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations” was compiled by Jesuit priest Antonio Spadaro based on the result of a workshop on the pope’s three encyclicals and five apostolic exhortations.
“It seems important to me to offer Chinese-speaking readers a sort of guide to reading these important texts for a deeper understanding of their message,” said Father Spadaro in a message.
The launch of the book was hosted by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelisation.
“This book will be received by many members of Chinese Catholic communities, both in the country and in other parts of the world, as a true gift,” said the cardinal.
He said the Chinese Catholic communities “follow the suggestions and pastoral indications that come to them from the Church of Rome and its bishop.”
Cardinal Tagle said the many media reports about the Church in China show how Chinese parishes follow the suggestions and guidelines of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Successor of Peter.
“For them it is a gift and a sign of communion with the universal Church,” he said.
He noted that in 2004, when Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed the Year of the Eucharist, priests in Chinese parishes explained the reasons for the celebration by commenting on the apostolic letter of indiction “Mane nobiscum Domine (Stay with us Lord.”
In 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative of a special year dedicated to St. Paul, communities and dioceses in China launched a series of initiatives dedicated to the “Apostle of the Gentiles.”
When Pope Benedict convened the Year for Priests, his letter to priests was presented and studied in the Diocese of Jinzhong at the end of June 2009, while Bishop Jean-Baptiste Wang Jin gave each priest a copy in Chinese of the writings of St. Jean-Marie Vianney.