30 August, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/02/2007
CHINA – VATICAN
Pope’s letter to the Chinese Church ready “around Easter”, says Cardinal Zen
The bishop of Hong Kong explains that the letter will contain “prudent” wording about relations between Beijing and the Holy See. It will put forward the “Vietnam model” as a good compromise for Episcopal ordination.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Pope Benedict's letter to Chinese Catholics will be completed around Easter. Its wording about relations between Beijing and the Holy See will be “prudent,” said Card Zen Ze-kiun, bishop of Hong Kong, in an interview with the diocesan weekly Kung Kao Po.

According to Mgr Zen, a prudent dialogue is possible with the Chinese government but “on religious freedom, the Vatican should have a clear stance. This is not an irrational request.”

He noted that the "Vietnam model", which allows the Vatican and the government to select bishops, was "quite good". Specifically, the model allows the Vatican to present several appropriate candidates to the government and after considering opinions expressed by the government, the Pope would make a final decision.

This is an “acceptable compromise” also because Vietnam also does not have a patriotic association like China, which is seen as "illicit and unacceptable" by the Roman Catholic Church.

The decision to write a letter to Chinese faithful was taken during a Vatican's meeting on ‘The Situation of the Catholic Church in Mainland China’ held on January 19-20.

Chinese bishops from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan took part in the deliberations as did officials from the Secretariat of State and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary of State, Card Tarcisio Bertone.

According to some sources, the Vatican is working on a 20-page letter.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/18/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
Underground Priest: we work for the unity of the Church, with Mgr. An and Card. Zen
by Peter Song Zhichun
10/21/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Zen’s visit to Shanghai may be a trap set by Beijing
by Card. Joseph Zen Zekiun, sdb
07/14/2009 CHINA - VATICAN
Cardinal Zen: The Church in China two years after the Pope's Letter
by Card. Joseph Zen
02/03/2009 CHINA – VATICAN
The bishop of Beijing, the Vatican and compromising with the Patriotic Association
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/25/2007 VATICAN – VIETNAM
Vatican is satisfied for growing relations with Hanoi

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.