» 06/28/2007, 00.00
CHINA - VATICAN
The United Front gathers official bishops to instruct them on the Pope’s Letter
There are fears of a fresh campaign against the Pope similar to the one in 2000, following the canonization of the Chinese martyrs. According to some priests this is the latest attempt to divide rediscovered unity of the bishops with the Pope.
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.
07/09/2007 VATICAN - CHINA
Guiyang, first Episcopal ordination after Pope’s Letter
The Holy See approves. Perhaps for the first time ever bishops and faithful from underground and official Church will celebrate together.
25/11/2009 CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Zen publishes a guide to Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics
The Patriotic Association is the most obvious cause of the painful situation of the Church in China. The underground bishops must take "caution" in seeking recognition from the government. Official bishops should not advertise the ideal of an independent church and show more unity with the pope.
29/07/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
Card. Zen: not true that “Beijing really wants Bishops appointed by the Pope”
There is still a long way to go in relations between Beijing and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops, which is not the result of an "agreement" but a "tug of war." The test of communion with the pope lies in the boycott of the Assembly of Representatives of Chinese Catholics. The tenacious cardinal of Hong Kong responds to an article by Gianni Valente of "30 Days".
14/07/2009 CHINA - VATICAN
Cardinal Zen: The Church in China two years after the Pope's Letter
Misinterpretations of the Letter have led to confusion and distress in the underground community. The official bishops must have more courage in their faithfulness to the pope, refusing structures that are contrary to the Catholic faith. The Chinese government continues its usual policy: total control of the Church.
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