On May 12, 2007, the Chinese government announced that it will be dynamiting the sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Tianjiajing China. The shrine, built in 1903 in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin for protecting Christians during the Boxer Rebellion, is a popular pilgrimage destination for the Chinese faithful and draws an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 pilgrims each year for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Chinese authorities have proclaimed that the site hosts "illegal religious activity" and will thus be shut down and destroyed.
The faithful of the area have made an appeal to their Catholic brethren throughout the world, pleading: "We ask all our brothers and sisters in the Lord to pray for us and spread our message to all the faithful of the world."
We ask you to please pray fervently to Our Mother, the Mother of All Peoples, to intervene for her beloved children in China and stop this desecration. Offer up Masses, Rosaries, novenas, your love and sacrifices. Let us bombard Heaven with an appeal to save the sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We cannot let the pleas of our brothers and sisters in China go unheard.