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    » 07/13/2006, 00.00


    EU foreign affairs committee calls for release of detained Chinese bishops

    The illicit ordinations undermining confidence in dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See were also criticized.

    Brussels (AsiaNews) – The European Union has called on China to immediately release bishops and Christians imprisoned "for their religious beliefs".

    The call came in a report approved yesterday by a large majority in the EU Foreign Affairs Committee on ties between the EU and China. The report notes "the fate of many imprisoned bishops" and "calls on the authorities of the People's Republic of China to immediately release all members of Christian churches who are unjustly imprisoned or persecuted".

    According to AsiaNews sources, dozens of bishops of the underground church are under house arrest or prevented from carrying out their ministry. Three of them went missing years ago when in police hands, and the government of Beijing has never given any reason why.

    The report approved yesterday criticized China for the illicit bishops' ordinations that took place in recent months in Kunming and Anhui, holding them to be "a grave violation of religious freedom" that endangered trust in "honest and constructive dialogue" between Beijing and the Holy See and hindered the "development of freedoms" in China.

    The report also highlighted the defence of religious freedom for Tibetans, Muslims in Xinjiang and groups of the Falun Gong.

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    12/07/2006 EU – CHINA – VATICAN
    The Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU condemns China on human and religious rights

    A report on relations between Beijing and the EU asks that the death penalty and laogai labour camps be abolished, defends the religious freedom of underground communities and advises Beijing to stay out of episcopal ordinations.  An amendment also asks that web-sites, including AsiaNews, not be blacked-out.

    04/05/2006 VATICAN - CHINA
    Holy See: illicit ordinations in China are a "serious violation of religious freedom"

    A statement by Navarro speaks of the Pope's "profound distress", "pressures and threats" against bishops and priests, and recalls the "serious sanctions" foreseen by canon law.

    09/05/2006 VATICAN - CHINA
    Card. Zen: Chinese government is mistaken; all in China want to be led by pope

    When a bishop is not chosen by the Holy See, priests usually refuse to concelebrate with him and believers keep their distance.

    21/07/2006 CHINA - VATICAN
    Beijing will stop illicit ordinations

    The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong said this, adding that the Chinese government "is not that sincere" in its relations with the Vatican. Recently held Sino-Vatican dialogue did not produce any concrete results but, as Cardinal Zen pointed, out, that the meeting took place at all – it is the first since 2000 – is already a step ahead. The work of the media in exerting positive pressure on Beijing was appreciated.

    18/01/2007 VATICAN - CHINA
    Meeting at Vatican on the Church in China
    A meeting of various Vatican dicasteries will begin tomorrow on the situation of the Church in China. Topics will include Beijing’s ambiguities, bishops ordained illicitly, the unity of the official and underground Church, and, above all, how to eliminate the influence of the Patriotic Association.

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