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Shanxi: allegedly corrupt priest defended by Religious Affairs Bureau
The rector of Montecorvino Seminary was removed for allegedly embezzling funds earmarked for the institution. However the Religious Affairs Bureau is trying to reinstate him and so stopped the start of the new school year.
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui
In the latest incident of its kind, the cross of a Protestant Church in Dingqiao was torn down on 19 December. Some members of the local congregation were injured trying to stop the destruction. On 18 December, the cross of a church of Nanle (Henan) was also destroyed and 4 million yuan saved by parishioners to build more churches were seized. The "Three Rectifications and One Demolition" campaign targets mainly sacred buildings.
Patriotic Church bishop critically ill
The controversial prelate has been ill for several years. Many faithful have often avoided him because of his anti-Vatican views. In public life he has taken on many functions but China’s Catholic Patriotic Association has been preparing his succession for some time.
01/09/2006 CHINA VATICAN
Church endures economic persecution as the Patriotic Association tries to seize Church property
Church property, which the government has said it will return, is estimated to be worth 13 billion euros. But the Religious Affairs Bureau, the Patriotic Association and local governments freely dispose of it and its revenues.
22/11/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese priest sentenced to three years for inaugurating a state-sanctioned church
False testimonies and party-influenced judges are a slap in the face of Hu Jintao’s “harmonious society.” Underground Catholics are learning the meaning of “normalisation" so that they can toe the line of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association whose raison d’être, according to the Pope, is “incompatible with Catholic doctrine.”
Protestant clergyman sentenced to one year of forced labour
The religious leader is charged with heading an “evil cult”. The move is just another step in a campaign to “normalise” underground Protestant communities.
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