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Government attack against Sheshan shrine bears fruit, number of pilgrims cut by half
According to shrine figures, only 5,000 people made the pilgrimage this year. Last year at the time they were 11,000. Plainclothes policemen monitor the venue.
19/05/2009 VATICAN – CHINA
Prayer in Naples for the Church in China as Chinese Catholics face difficulties in Sheshan
The day of prayer dedicated by Benedict XVI is in its second year. At least 400 Chinese Catholics in Italy are expected to take part in a Mass presided by Naples archbishop, Cardinal Sepe. Again this year Chinese authorities are trying to contain participation by Catholics, official or underground, to the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sheshan.
28/04/2005 CHINA - VATICAN
Seven Catholic priests arrested in Hebei
They were to go on retreat. Their bishop, Msgr Julius Jia Zhiguo, had been under surveillance from John Paul II's death through to the election of Benedict XVI.
18/08/2017 15:30:00 CHINA-VATICAN
Chinese Priest: The differences between the funeral of Msgr. Xie and Msgr. Li
For the first, the bishop of Urumqi, priests and faithful were banned from taking part in the funeral mass; there was no episcopal insignia in the photos; only half an hour for the ceremony. The other, bishop of Taiyuan, was surrounded by the affection and esteem of thousands of his priests and faithful. But "the saints who welcome the two bishops to the door of Paradise are equally numerous."
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.
17/08/2017 16:27:00 CHINA – VATICAN
The funerals of Mgr Xie Tingzhe and Mgr Li Jiantang show the government’s double standards
The first, an underground bishop not recognised by the government, was cremated and hurriedly buried. The faithful and priests were forbidden to attend the funeral Mass, and taking pictures at the service was banned. The second, a bishop with the official Church and a political advisor to the Chinese parliament, was exposed for several days honoured and his funeral was open to concelebrants and the faithful.
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