ASIA/CHINA - Local Catholic parish blesses non Christian wedding couples and spreads the value of Christian love

Friday, 14 May 2004

XuZhou (Fides Service) - Church weddings are in great demand in China and not only for Christians. Many non Christian couples show great interest in Christian values and Christian family life and come to Catholic churches for a blessing as they embark on their married life. To meet with many requests, parish priest Father Dai Zhen-Bao at Sacred Heart parish in XuZhou in JiangSu province has said he is willing to impart a special blessing on all the non Christian married couples who ask for it. Father Dai Zhen-Bao says, “of course since they are not baptised we cannot celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony, but we can give a solemn blessing and this is also a path for evangelisation, a way to announce the message of Christ and his love for all people”.
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