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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.
30/03/2009 CHINA – VATICAN
Persecution in China as Vatican meeting on China opens
An underground priest is arrested in Hebei for celebrating Mass. Controls are tightened ahead of the anniversary of the death of Mgr Joseph Fan Xueyan, killed under torture in 1992. Like him many underground bishops and priests have disappeared or ended up in camps. Official bishops are also under pressure to submit to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. The Commission for the Catholic Church in China begins a meeting today in the vatican.
The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association celebrates 50 years at a less than ideal moment
Founded on August 2, 1957, the association is less and less able to serve its original purpose, namely to manage the Catholic community on behalf of the government. Some 5,000 invited guests are expected for the celebrations but many will be absent.
24/07/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Cardinal Zen warns against confusion surrounding the Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics
The bishop of Hong Kong contradicts some of the claims made by sinologist Father Heyndrickx who suggests that the papal document encourages members of the underground Church to come out into the open, ask for recognition by civil authorities and concelebrate services with officials from the official Church.
21/10/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Zen’s visit to Shanghai may be a trap set by Beijing
According to some commentators, on his visit to Shanghai the, cardinal advised the local bishop to attend the meeting of Catholic representatives, a body that the pope considers "incompatible with Catholic faith." The Cardinal responds.
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.
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