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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.
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.
07/11/2016 12:19:00 VATICAN - CHINA
The "despair" of the underground Church before China-Vatican dialogue
The faithful of the underground Church are frustrated by the Holy See’s “overlooking” them. There have been no underground bishops, but only apostolic administrators, for almost 20 years. In the eyes of the faithful, this decision is a kind of death sentence for their communities. "Embraces", meetings and souvenir photos with the pope for officials; no meetings or blessings for underground priests, and bishops. The question of registration to the Patriotic Association. An official bishop: "We are all puppets. We just do what they tell us to do". A double defeat for the Vatican and China.
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