» 07/04/2011, 00.00
VATICAN - CHINA
The Holy See condemns Leshan ordination
In a statement made public today, the Vatican states that it does not recognize the new bishop, that he can not administer the diocese and is excommunicated. Voices in Leshan say that the new bishop has two children. The Vatican had informed some time ago that he could not be accepted as a candidate "for serious reasons”. Bishops who attended the ordination also warned. Fears that the government wants to create a de-facto schism, ordaining dozens of other bishops without papal mandate.
06/07/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Harbin’s illicit ordination strengthens "excommunicated". Apostolic administrator released
Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained bishop of Heilongjiang by five bishops recognized by the Holy See. More and more "self-elected" bishops in the leadership of the Patriotic Association. Fr. Joseph Zhao and his curate were released immediately after the ordination ceremony. Harbin Catholics pray for Yue’s repentance.
11/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
Officials kidnap bishops of Guangdong to force them to take part in illicit Shantou ordination
Three bishops were taken in the past two days: the bishop of Guangzhou has been missing for days. In Shenyang Mgr. Pei Junmin, designated to preside over the celebration, is being defended by his priests and faithful with a non-stop sit-in in the cathedral. PA claims the Vatican "divides the Church in China and creates more disputes."
08/05/2006 CHINA - VATICAN
Undergound bishops in China ask for prayers for official priests facing pressure and threats
Following illicit ordinations achieved through violence and deceit the Patriotic Association subjects priests to political sessions and brainwashing to destroy their faithfulness to the pope. AsiaNews supports the bishops' appeal.
28/06/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Harbin’s illicit ordination delayed: Victory for "Faithfull’s prayers and fasting"
The Episcopal ordination was to have taken place tomorrow, the Feast of St. Peter and Paul, as a "slap in the face to the Holy Father." Underground and official community united in prayers against the move. Voices warn the ordination only "postponed until next month." The United Front, which controls the Patriotic Associations, loses a supporter of Stalinist control over religions, Zhu Weiqun.
08/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
Liaoning priests rush to defense of bishop to prevent his participation in illegitimate ordination
Bishop Pei Junmin received an order to attend the Episcopal ordination in Shantou on 14 July. The candidate has no papal mandate. His priests are defending him from forced deportation.
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