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HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong bishop Tong in Beijing for Games, without meeting city's bishop
A visit to the bishop of Beijing was judged as "inconvenient". Beijing must work harder to improve the life of the population, including from the spiritual point of view, beyond the moment of the Olympics.
01/07/2007 HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
Cardinal Zen: “Pope’s letter to the Chinese Church represents love for truth and his children”
The bishop of Hong Kong, Card Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, hopes that Benedict XVI’s letter to China’s clergy and faithful may be the starting point for a direct dialogue between the local Church and the Beijing government. He stresses the letter’s religious rather than its political tone.
03/01/2009 VATICAN - CHINA - HONG KONG
Cardinal Zen asks Chinese bishops for more courage
The bishop of Hong Kong condemns as "outdated" the celebrations of 50 years of "self-election" and "self-ordination" of Chinese bishops as promoted by the United Front, the Patriotic Association, and the Office of Religious Affairs. He is asking the bishops to follow the example of Saint Stephen, and not to offend the pope by participating in meetings sponsored by the regime to appoint the new presidents of the PA and the council of Chinese bishops, two bodies not recognized by the Holy See.
03/04/2005 hong kong - china - vatican
Pope s regret was "not to have the chance to visit China", Bishop Zen says
"May the suffering on your deathbed complete your prayers and implore the grace that the Chinese people may one day know Jesus Christ".
31/05/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Pope's prayer for Church in China banned in some dioceses
Priests forced to "take a trip", to prevent them from going to the shrine of the Virgin of Sheshan; priests prohibited from praying "with the pope"; a shrine in Taiyuan closed and monitored by thousands of police. The war of the Patriotic Association a few months ahead of the Olympics.
Beijing 2008: photo needed to purchase tickets
People who want to be at opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2008 must submit a photo of themselves. Every ticket will have the photo of the person who bought it. Security measures also include requiring spectators to fill out application forms with personal data.
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