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CHINA – VATICAN
Two elderly Chinese bishops die: Mgr Li Jiantang of Taiyuan and Mgr Xie Tingzhe of Urumqi
Both spent scores of years in forced labour camps. Bishop Li devoted his life to the renaissance of the Diocese of Taiyuan as well as its clergy and nuns. Bishop Xie was an underground bishop, recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. He chose to serve as a bishop in the same place where he was imprisoned for 20 years.
17/08/2017 16:27:00 CHINA – VATICAN
The funerals of Mgr Xie Tingzhe and Mgr Li Jiantang show the government’s double standards
The first, an underground bishop not recognised by the government, was cremated and hurriedly buried. The faithful and priests were forbidden to attend the funeral Mass, and taking pictures at the service was banned. The second, a bishop with the official Church and a political advisor to the Chinese parliament, was exposed for several days honoured and his funeral was open to concelebrants and the faithful.
18/08/2017 15:30:00 CHINA-VATICAN
Chinese Priest: The differences between the funeral of Msgr. Xie and Msgr. Li
For the first, the bishop of Urumqi, priests and faithful were banned from taking part in the funeral mass; there was no episcopal insignia in the photos; only half an hour for the ceremony. The other, bishop of Taiyuan, was surrounded by the affection and esteem of thousands of his priests and faithful. But "the saints who welcome the two bishops to the door of Paradise are equally numerous."
10/02/2018 14:38:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese Church preparing to celebrate 60th anniversary of 'independent' episcopal ordinations
The first "independent" ordination was that of Bishop Bernardino Dong Guangqing, which took place in 1958. The director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, reiterated the independence of China’s Catholic Church and the self-ordination of its bishops. The goals are sinicisation and subordination to the Communist Party. Is a China-Vatican agreement possible by March?
Thai Church seeking greater ties among tribal groups in Thailand’s hill country
A recent conference organised by the Thai Bishops’ Conference focused on strengthening ties, networking and increasing awareness of legal rights by tribal groups. But wider society can also learn from them how to better protect natural resources.
21/11/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association
Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.
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