» 07/13/2006, 00.00
EU CHINA VATICAN
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.
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.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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