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CHINA - VATICAN
Priests arrested and put into solitary confinement: the governments answer to the Pope’s Letter
Arrests and controls have halted all of the underground community’s summer activities. Families are forbidden to visit the prisoners. The aim appears to be to force the “obedience” of all non official communities to the Patriotic Association.
23/05/2009 VATICAN - CHINA
Pope approves Compendium of his Letter to the Catholics of China
The publication two years on from the Letter on the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The Letter is furthering unity between the official and underground Church, but the Patriotic Association pounces on their divisions with controls and arrests.
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.
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.
20/12/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, Vatican must break with Taiwan and not interfere in domestic affairs
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the autonomy of the Chinese church in the area of the appointment and ordination of bishops. Patriotic bishop Ma Yinglin, ordained without the approval of the Holy See, also present. Hopes for dialogue with the Vatican may be vanishing.
30/06/2007 VATICAN – CHINA
Vatican to the conquest of a changing China
For decades the diplomatic dialogue was non-existent; now there are signs of openness. As China experiences a religious renaissance, the regime’s various patriotic associations try to maintain their ideological and economic power over the Churches. Here is an analysis of the history of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Beijing.
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