» 08/14/2014, 00.00
KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
AsiaNews sources in Korea confirm: "At least a dozen priests have been contacted by the Chinese government, which warned them of 'problems' in their return home if they had stayed for Francis’ apostolic visit to the peninsula". A delegation of 100 young people present in Daejeon for the Asian Youth Day, but about 80 were stopped before their departure. "At least half" of those are Beijing seminarians, who in recent weeks refused to obey an excommunicated Bishop Su. Not one word from Xinhua about the Pope’s arrival in Korea.
31/05/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Pope's prayer for Church in China banned in some dioceses
Priests forced to "take a trip", to prevent them from going to the shrine of the Virgin of Sheshan; priests prohibited from praying "with the pope"; a shrine in Taiyuan closed and monitored by thousands of police. The war of the Patriotic Association a few months ahead of the Olympics.
17/08/2014 KOREA - CHINA - VATICAN - AYD
Some 300 young Chinese Catholics attend gathering with Francis
A large number of participants from mainland China attend final Asian Youth Day Mass despite threats and attempts by Chinese authorities to stop them. Through social networks, they agreed to come to South Korea to show Francis their love.
Pope calls on young people to counter daily vanity of consumer society
Angelus in memory of WYD. The World Youth Days is not "a flash in the pan", moments of enthusiasm but an ends in themselves, stages of a long journey. "Let us always remember: young people do not follow the Pope, they follow Jesus Christ carrying His cross. And the Pope guides them and accompanies them on this journey of faith and hope."
Pope: Seeking face of God, priests will transform lives of the faithful
In pilgrimage to the shrine of the Holy Face in Manopello, Benedict XVI once again exhorted priests and seminarians to show their love for Jesus. He talked about a pastoral ministry focused on youth and the family. The true St Francis: a convert before being an environmentalist and a pacifist.
14/03/2013 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing blows cold on Pope Francis: "Congratulations, but he better be more practical than his predecessors"
The Chinese government joins the chorus of congratulations for the appointment for Cardinal Bergoglio’s election to the throne of Peter, but repeats its tired refrain: cut ties with Taiwan and "do not to interfere in internal affairs".
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