» 04/27/2009, 00.00
Funeral Mass for Fr. Tan Tiande, who "blesses us Chinese Catholics"
The funeral was held in the cathedral of Guangzhou, where the priest worked after his liberation following 30 years of forced labor. Testimonies about his active presence with the catechumens.
Thousands are baptised in Beijing, while in Zhejiang two priests are imprisoned
The wave of new conversions makes it difficult to find sufficient godparents. In the interim of the Pope’s long awaited letter to China’s Catholics, the Patriotic Association’s iron fist is felt, particularly in Hebei and Zhejiang.
Easter baptisms, a right and the life of the Church, Card Gracias says
The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India gives AsiaNews his personal Easter reflection. He invites the faithful and the clergy to promote with love and courage the Church’s mission rather than fear conversions.
14/07/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Underground priest, layman in police hands for two months
They wanted to go to the shrine in Sheshan. Victims of the obstacles posed to the pope's indications, and of the security paranoia ahead of the Olympics. Another six priests from the area have been in the Qingyuan prison for years.
Released two of the nine underground priests arrested in Hebei
Their arrest dates to December 27th. Both of the released suffer ill health. The others still detained are pushed to sign up to the Patriotic Association. The vice President of the AP denies the arrests and also that there is a campaign against the Church in Hebei.
Out of 782 catechumens, 264 will be baptised on Easter in Ho Chi Minh City
They come from different walks of life and have different levels of education and social standing; they are university scholars and students, workers or ordinary citizens. "God seeds his word, good news and faith in the world and the lands of Vietnam. To develop the seeds, we must pray, make friends, engage in charitable work and act well with one another," Card Pham Minh Man said.
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