» 07/18/2007, 00.00
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.
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.
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.
17/09/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Beijing getting ready for the ordination of Mgr Li Shan, CCPA seizes bishop’s residence
Mgr Li Shan’s ordination should go ahead next Friday. Some sources believe his appointment has Holy See approval. CCPA deputy chairman is suspected of using Church property to benefit his family.
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.
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.
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