St. Joseph Cathedral, Wuhu
|St. Joseph Cathedral|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
In 1889, the church was completed despite the opposition of the Chinese nationalists who engaged from May 1888 to cease trading and organized hostile demonstrations. In addition to the cathedral, a hospital and a school they were built. These facilities were intended in particular for the care of orphans and patients without resources.
In 1891, the Gelaohui, a xenophobic secret organization, led the opposition against the church. After priest was accused of kidnapping children and two nuns, a crowd set fire to the cathedral, hospital and school. The initial protest quickly became a riot, in which the British consulate was also attacked in Wuhu. The Qing government intervened to take control of the city and eliminate its leaders.
The cathedral was rebuilt in 1895 thanks to financial compensation from the Chinese authorities. In 1966, during the Cultural Revolution, the cathedral was severely damaged. It was restored in 1983.
There are daily Masses (6:30 am Monday through Friday and 8:00 am on Sundays).