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CHINA – VATICAN
Nun and priest beaten in Sichuan for defending Church rights
The two religious sought the restitution of Church properties seized in Kangding. The first has been demolished and a private company now uses its land. The second is used for local county officials. The nun is in hospital with serious injuries to the head and chest. China’s anti-Christian persecution is also economic in nature.
Mgr Jia Zhiguo freed, should be back in police custody very soon
Catholics in the diocese of Zhengding say the bishop was freed because of his family’s repeated requests. An uncle is very sick and wants to see him before he dies. But the prelate is set to be rearrested in a few days, but it is unclear whether it will be before or after Christmas.
02/07/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Subdued but predictable reactions in China to Pope’s letter
The government again reiterates its two pre-conditions for diplomatic dialogue (non interference in Chinese affairs and break with Taiwan), but unlike the 2000 martyr canonisation affair, this time it has taken soft approach. The underground Church rejoices, whilst the official Church, which is under an even tighter control, is moving cautiously.
12/01/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Beijing’s revenge against Mgr Jia Zhiguo’s orphanage, which might be seized
Opened 20 years ago, the orphanage is home to about 100 disabled boys and girls. The government wants to take it over and send away the 30 nuns who care for the children in an attempt to undermine the moral authority of the bishop who refuses to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
09/12/2010 CHINA – VATICAN
Assembly elects new leadership, causing major harm to the Church
Ma Yinglin, an unlawfully ordained bishop, will head the Bishops’ Conference. Fang Xinyao, a bishop in communion with the Pope, will lead the Patriotic Association. Three unlawfully nominated bishops are in the new leadership. Catholics worry more ordinations without papal mandate will take place in the future. One priest thinks the government has deliberately caused chaos.
01/12/2009 CHINA – VATICAN
National Assembly of Catholic Representatives postponed again
The assembly is of one the bodies the Pope views as “irreconcilable with Catholic doctrine”. The meeting was planned for the second half of 2009. In the past Cardinal Zen asked Chinese bishops to avoid the event.
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