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CHINA – VATICAN
Unlawful ordination of Hankou bishop postponed to unspecified date
A local priest tells AsiaNews that the ordination was postponed without explanation or a new date set. Local Catholics can now breathe a sigh of relief. The secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples had expressed concern over the possible unlawful ordination.
24/11/2010 VATICAN – CHINA
Vatican shows courage as Hu Jintao is held in check
The world’s second largest economy still relies on feudal practices worthy of the Middle Ages. Its religious policy is in the hands of one man, Liu Bainian, whose action is a throwback to Mao Zedong’s time. The new bishop’s destiny is one of isolation among Christians who reject him.
04/05/2006 CHINA VATICAN
A sigh of relief among Chinese Catholics after Vatican issues statement on illegitimate ordinations
Issue had to be clear. Bishops and priests from the 'official' Church refused to take part in the ordinations imposed by the Patriotic Association. Some clergymen are calling for the appointment of apostolic administrators in dioceses like Beijing' now under illegitimate bishops.
29/11/2006 CHINA VATICAN
Bishops loyal to the Pope detained, forced to take part in unlawful ordination
Bishops who refuse to disobey the Holy See are forced by hook and crook to take part in unlawful ordinations. The latest candidate to the bishopric is in complete isolation and cannot even be reached by phone. Government is promising huge sums of money for bishops ordinations but then fails to pay up.
14/07/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Eight bishops in communion with the pope forced to take part in illegitimate ordination in Shantou
This is the first ordination since the illegitimate bishop of Leshan was officially excommunicated. About 1,500 people (out of 140,000) took part in the ceremony. Some participating bishops say they were forced to participate. Required to attend, Mgr Pei Junmin was able to stay away thanks to his priests.
08/07/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Tensions and fears in China about new Episcopal ordination without papal mandate
Fr Joseph Huang Bingzhang, who is politically connected and ambitious, is the candidate. The Holy See told him on several occasions that it was opposed to his ordination. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association plans more unlawful ordinations.
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