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China's Catholics show fervour in Shanghai celebration

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Thousands of Chinese Catholics gathered in Shanghai on Friday for a celebration to honour the Virgin Mary, in a show of religious fervour permitted by the Communist-ruled state. 

Catholics pray at Our Lady of Sheshan Basilica Catholic church in Shanghai on May 24, 2013. Thousands of Chinese Catholics gathered in Shanghai on Friday for a celebration to honour the Virgin Mary, in a show of religious fervour permitted by the Communist-ruled state.

China exercises strict control over religion, requiring followers to worship in state-approved churches.

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