UK    OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON HER WAY TO CHINA
A London group is bringing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to mainland China to help promote missionary work.
   The Faith and Truth in Mary All China Association (Fatima-C) is organising the pilgrimage in conjunction with the Tang Foundation, which was started with the support of the late Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster. The Foundation was named after Archbishop Dominic Tang, who died in exile in 1995.
   Fatima-C's president, Michael Hutchings, told "Fides" that "it does not matter where in China the statue arrives, we just want it to touch Chinese soil."
   The three-foot-high statue of Our Lady of Fatima, dressed in white and gold and wearing a crown, should not find it difficult to enter China: foreign and Chinese citizens may import religious material as long as they keep it with them and use it for personal devotion. But Hutchings hopes that once the statue is in China, it will travel all over, and that the pilgrimage, which is scheduled for October, will have the Pope's blessing.
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17/5/00

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