» 05/19/2009, 00.00
VATICAN – CHINA
Prayer in Naples for the Church in China as Chinese Catholics face difficulties in Sheshan
The day of prayer dedicated by Benedict XVI is in its second year. At least 400 Chinese Catholics in Italy are expected to take part in a Mass presided by Naples archbishop, Cardinal Sepe. Again this year Chinese authorities are trying to contain participation by Catholics, official or underground, to the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sheshan.
11/09/2006 CHINA ITALY
Chinese Catholics ask Prodi to raise issue of jailed bishops and religious freedom
Religious freedom in China better guarantees favourable conditions for the economy. Social stability does not rest on social control or tanks. The Italian Prime Minister, who heads a Catholic country, can explain the importance of the Holy See which is not seeking "Communists' destruction".
Government attack against Sheshan shrine bears fruit, number of pilgrims cut by half
According to shrine figures, only 5,000 people made the pilgrimage this year. Last year at the time they were 11,000. Plainclothes policemen monitor the venue.
24/03/2010 CHINA – VATICAN
Another underground priest arrested in Fujian
He organised a camp for 300 university students. He was charged along with other priests, one of whom was held for 15 days and then released. Two more are waiting for their arrest. Tens of priests are currently detained in prisons or forced labour camps. Three bishops are still in police custody years after they disappeared. The Vatican Commission on the Church in China ends its plenary session today.
10/02/2018 14:38:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese Church preparing to celebrate 60th anniversary of 'independent' episcopal ordinations
The first "independent" ordination was that of Bishop Bernardino Dong Guangqing, which took place in 1958. The director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, reiterated the independence of China’s Catholic Church and the self-ordination of its bishops. The goals are sinicisation and subordination to the Communist Party. Is a China-Vatican agreement possible by March?
17/08/2017 16:27:00 CHINA – VATICAN
The funerals of Mgr Xie Tingzhe and Mgr Li Jiantang show the government’s double standards
The first, an underground bishop not recognised by the government, was cremated and hurriedly buried. The faithful and priests were forbidden to attend the funeral Mass, and taking pictures at the service was banned. The second, a bishop with the official Church and a political advisor to the Chinese parliament, was exposed for several days honoured and his funeral was open to concelebrants and the faithful.
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