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    » 08/23/2012, 00.00


    Pope's sorrow for the death of Card Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

    In a telegram to the bishop of Kaohsiung, (Taiwan), Benedict XVI remembers the service the cardinal dedicated to the Church. Born in mainland China, he entered the Jesuit order in Beijing. The late cardinal had been general relator to the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In a telegram of condolences to Mgr Peter Liu Cheng-Chung, bishop of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Pope Benedict XVI remembered the service Card Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, SJ, who passed away yesterday, dedicated to the Church as bishop and president of the Regional Conference of Chinese Bishops.

    In his message, the pope expressed his closeness to Mgr Cheng-Chung, the late prelate's successor in Kaohsiung, and to "clergy, religious and lay faithful of those dioceses, and indeed the entire church in Taiwan". To them, he gave assurance of his prayers for the "priestly soul" of the dearly departed.

    Card Paul Shan Kuo-hsi was born on 3 December 1923 in Puyang, Hopeh (Taming Diocese), in mainland China.

    He entered the Society of Jesus on 11 September 1946 in Beijing, and was ordained a priest on 18 March 1955 in Baguio, in the Philippines.

    He was appointed Director of the Chinese Section of Sacred Heart School in Cebu City in the Philippines and worked there from 1957-59.

    From 1959-61 he undertook studies for a doctorate in spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

    After spending some time in Vietnam, he was named Episcopal Vicar of Taipei in 1976. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Hwalien on 15 November 1979.

    In 1983, he was elected Episcopal organiser of the celebrations for the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of Father Matteo Ricci in China.

    On 4 March 1991 he was nominated as the bishop of Kaohsiung.

    He also took on various tasks for the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), such as president of the FABC Office for Interreligious Dialogue (1983-1985), and for the Holy See.

    He was also general relator to the special assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome between 19 April and 14 May 1998.

    John Paul II made him a cardinal that same year.

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    Card Paul Shan, the great evangeliser and unifier of the Church in China, has died
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    08/03/2005 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
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    The bill that authorises use of force shows that the military is getting stronger in Beijing, says the prelate. Christians on both sides of the strait must work closely for reconciliation.

    24/08/2012 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
    Card. Shan's work for youth of Taiwan and mainland China
    The cardinal's funeral will be held on 1 September. In attendance Cardinals of Hong Kong, John Tong and Joseph Zen. Admired by politicians and applauded by the young, Card. Shan has worked for reconciliation between Taiwan and China, providing places for encounter and culture at Fu Ren for seminarians. The Archbishop of Taipei’s memories.

    16/11/2012 TAIWAN
    Archbishop of Taipei: A new evangelization for Taiwan
    Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, talks to AsiaNews about the challenges facing his Church in the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope: "This is a rich country, where many believe they can buy anything. They do not understand that their inner emptiness can only be filled by Christ. We are grateful to the Pope for the enormous motivation and continuous support”. Relations with other churches, the crisis of vocations and a personal memory of the late Cardinal Shan.

    03/09/2012 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
    Farewell to Card Paul Shan
    Vatican officials, Hong Kong cardinals and local political and religious leaders took part in the ceremony. President Ma Ying-jeou sends a memento to remember the late prelate. Many indigenous Taiwanese and young people attend the funeral. People are moved by his final, videotaped words, "with my two empty hands with which I can carry only what I did during my life."

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