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CHINA - VATICAN
New Episcopal ordination in Nanchong with possible presence of excommunicated bishop
The candidate, Fr Chen Gongao, has the Holy See's approval. He delayed his ordination ceremony until now to avoid the presence of unlawful bishops. The Vatican and the faithful have repeatedly slammed the "Maoist practices" of the Patriotic Association.
22/12/2016 17:33:00 VATICAN – CHINA
China uses mild tones towards the Vatican
Perhaps for the first time, a statement by the Holy See on the Chinese Church and episcopal ordinations is met and judged without anger and without word about China’s traditional stance on the "autonomy" of the Christian communities vis-à-vis the Vatican.
28/12/2016 17:27:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly
Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.
23/12/2016 01:17:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese Catholics "happy" with the Vatican statement on China: "It is not too late" for clarity
For some, the Declaration is a "watershed" that marks the end of the Vatican’s silence on Chinese matters and religious freedom. Among the "positive signals" expected from the Chinese government, there is first of all "freedom of conscience" and respect for the free choice of bishops, priests and nuns. Some call for a "boycott" of the Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives.
29/06/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Leshan: seven legitimate bishops take part in Episcopal ordination that had no papal mandate
This is the first ordination since the Vatican issued a declaration on excommunication with regards to such celebrations. A lawful Episcopal consecration was scheduled to take place in Handan (Hebei) but was stopped by police. The unlawful bishop stresses the importance evangelisation but many of the faithful are “sad”.
25/01/2018 17:44:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Underground Church as a pawn in China’s political game, a thorn in the side of the Holy See
Lay and clerical members of the official and underground Church speak about the Vatican’s decision to force out recognised underground bishops in favour of bishops approved by the Chinese government. A source of sadness, anger, and distress, some warn that in so doing the underground Church is forsaken, as the Holy See puts the whole Chinese Church in the hands of political power. Despite everything, people hold to obedience and hope.
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