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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.
24/04/2007 CHINA - VATICAN
Card Zen prays for Fu Tieshan, but calls on China to commit itself more to relations with Vatican
Hong Kong bishop fears a propagandistic use of the patriotic bishop’s funeral. Patriotic Association and the Religious Affairs Bureau are pushing for new episcopal ordinations “independent” of the Vatican
18/07/2007 CHINA - VATICAN
The new Bishop of Beijing is elected
It’s Father Joseph Li Shan, a pastor who has demonstrated independence from the Patriotic Association. He is the first new bishop since Benedict XVI’s letter. Chosen by an “independent” procedure and not appointed by the Pope, despite this his name was among those with Rome’s approval.
20/04/2007 CHINA - VATICAN
Fu Tieshan, "tragic" figure of the Chinese Patriotic Church, dies
A grand career in politics and in the Patriotic Association, total subjection to the ideology and the power of the Party and the Patriotic Association; adored by the regime, disliked by his flock. With his death one of the most painful chapters of the Church in China comes to an end and a new phase of greater dialogue between China and the Vatican is (perhaps) on the horizon.
18/07/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops
The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
07/01/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
Thousands of Catholics defy snow, cold and police at the funeral of Mgr. Yao Liang
The government bans use of Episcopal insignia and title of "Bishop", being a pastor of underground Church. Bishop Yao spent 30 years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association, which wants to build an independent Church from the pope. No message from the Vatican.
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