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CHINA - VATICAN
Msgr. Savio Hon: Freedom for arrested bishops and priests, is also good for China
Even if the government does not give answers or to the Holy See, or diplomats, or to friends of the Vatican and China, it is important that "no one forgets about them." The Chinese government's official response when asked is always: "We do not know." "We need to pray first," "but we must also appeal to those who are holding them."
16/01/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Appeal: Bishops and priests disappeared or in prison, home for the Chinese New Year
During the Year of the Dragon, AsiaNews asks President Hu Jintao and ambassador Ding Wei for the release of three bishops and six Chinese priests who have disappeared in police custody or are in forced labour camps.
07/06/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Unlawful ordination of Hankou bishop postponed to unspecified date
A local priest tells AsiaNews that the ordination was postponed without explanation or a new date set. Local Catholics can now breathe a sigh of relief. The secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples had expressed concern over the possible unlawful ordination.
Pope: The Trinity dwells in us from the day of baptism, with the help of priests
After months in which priests are only spoken of in reference to paedophilia, Benedict XVI recalls the value of priests in initiating the faithful and helping them to grow in their Christian life. A new beatification. A request for prayers for his trip to Cyprus where he will present the Instrumentum laboris for the Synod of Middle East Churches. A book by Card. Celso Costantini.
11/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
Officials kidnap bishops of Guangdong to force them to take part in illicit Shantou ordination
Three bishops were taken in the past two days: the bishop of Guangzhou has been missing for days. In Shenyang Mgr. Pei Junmin, designated to preside over the celebration, is being defended by his priests and faithful with a non-stop sit-in in the cathedral. PA claims the Vatican "divides the Church in China and creates more disputes."
29/07/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
Vatican: Bishops and priests in China, be united with the pope and each other, even in persecution
A letter from Cardinal Dias at the end of the Year for Priests, reiterates that loyalty to the pope is a "guarantee of freedom." At the same time he asks bishops and priests to rebuild unity in the Church in China, abandoning the desire for wealth or advancement in society and politics.
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