» 04/20/2007, 00.00
Patriotic Church bishop critically ill
The controversial prelate has been ill for several years. Many faithful have often avoided him because of his anti-Vatican views. In public life he has taken on many functions but China’s Catholic Patriotic Association has been preparing his succession for some time.
22/11/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese priest sentenced to three years for inaugurating a state-sanctioned church
False testimonies and party-influenced judges are a slap in the face of Hu Jintao’s “harmonious society.” Underground Catholics are learning the meaning of “normalisation" so that they can toe the line of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association whose raison d’être, according to the Pope, is “incompatible with Catholic doctrine.”
01/09/2006 CHINA VATICAN
Church endures economic persecution as the Patriotic Association tries to seize Church property
Church property, which the government has said it will return, is estimated to be worth 13 billion euros. But the Religious Affairs Bureau, the Patriotic Association and local governments freely dispose of it and its revenues.
The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association celebrates 50 years at a less than ideal moment
Founded on August 2, 1957, the association is less and less able to serve its original purpose, namely to manage the Catholic community on behalf of the government. Some 5,000 invited guests are expected for the celebrations but many will be absent.
A thousand people at Fu Tieshan’s funeral
Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao and other figures of the Leadership attend to state funeral. Low Catholic turnout.
21/04/2007 CHINA - VATICAN
State funeral for Beijing’s Patriotic bishop, party “property”
Despite the request made by the Patriotic Association, there will be no Vatican representative at the burial. Officially praised as “a great friend of the communist party”. Doubts surround the date of his death.
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