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Jul 3 07 1:48 PM
Jul 4 07 5:13 PM
Quote:ASIA/CHINA - Immaculate Conception parish in Beijing celebrates 262 baptisms on Sunday 1 July, the day after the Papal Letter to the Catholics of China was made publicBeijing (Agenzia Fides) - No less than 262 catechumens received the sacraments of Baptism, first Holy Communion and Confirmation at Immaculate Conception parish in Beijing on Sunday 1 July the day after the Papal Letter addressed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic of China was made public. Local sources told Fides, It was a moving event. The 262 new members of the Catholic family were welcomed by all the parishioners on the most important day of their lives. Some were young workers, others adult intellectuals, whole families including parents and grandparents . . . .
Jul 5 07 5:30 AM
Jul 5 07 8:46 PM
Quote:Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics: Pointed but not polemicalBy John ThavisWith his long-awaited letter on China, Pope Benedict XVI has opened new prospects for reconciliation among the country's divided Catholic communities. How and when these divisions can be overcome is now primarily up to Chinese Catholics. But the pope has underlined the urgency of unity, inviting bishops and the Catholic faithful to move beyond "suspicions, mutual accusations and recriminations" within the church. Certainly, the pope's letter was aimed in part at the Chinese policies that have engendered such tensions. The government requires registration of bishops and church communities and uses this as a tool for control; some Catholics view registration as a serious compromise and prefer to exercise the faith in a semi-clandestine manner. In language that was pointed but not polemical, the pope rejected state interference in church affairs and explained why the church's structure and activities do not threaten the civil order. He also offered to dialogue with the government on the chronic conflicts over bishops' appointments, church jurisdictions and diplomatic relations. The pope knows there is not a lot he can do about the policies adopted by the Chinese government. On the other hand, he has a much greater opportunity to help resolve internal church problems. That's where the focus of this letter lies.
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Quote:Hong Kong ( AsiaNews ) by Kevin Wang. . . .In an interview with a Catholic weekly, Archbishop Nikitas Lulias said he did not agree with the policy of the Chinese government as regards religion, given that the latter did not include Orthodoxy among the five official religions of the country (Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism).He said: This is even more damaging if one considers the changes taking place in China, a country that is developing rapidly. Religions should enjoy full freedom, because real social changes will soon take place alongside economical ones. The Metropolitan, who answers to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, also underlined how difficult the situation was for Christians in many Asian countries under his spiritual jurisdiction: Christians are ever more frequently the victims of fanaticism and unjustified hatred. We must pray that their situation may improve as soon as possible.
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Aug 4 07 10:12 AM
Quote:Rome (AsiaNews) At least 11 priests from the underground church are being held in arrest in various regions throughout China. AsiaNews sources confirm that since last May their conditions have worsened due to the Popes Letter to Chinas faithful.In Hebei, Zhejiang and central Mongolia all of the activities of the underground church, not recognised by the government have been blocked. During the summer the priests dedicate their time to youth meetings and catechesis, but police controls and the arrest of several priests have rendered their work impossible.In the afternoon of July 24, 2007, in the Ximeng region of Inner Mongolia, three underground priests from Xiwanzi, Hebei were arrested by police. They are Father Liang Aijun, 35 years old, Chong Li county, Father Wang Zhong, 41 years old, Gu Yuan county, and Father Gao Jinbao, 34 years old, Shang Yi county. According to AsiaNews sources the three were in Mongolia on mission.In Hebei, Fr. Cui Tai, 50 years, it was arrested in Zhuolu county.* * * *According to local priests, the violence against the underground Church shows the Chinese authorities contempt for Benedict XVIs courageous offer of a hand of friendship. They also recall that in 99 during a period of dialogue between China and the Vatican on the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations, there were also arrests and a clamp down. A secret Communist Party document, dated August 17th 1999, decreed that whatever the future of Sino-Vatican relations be the underground Church had to be brought to obedience, through the re-education of the Patriotic Association. The document stated that all those refusing to be re-educated would be denied the right to carry out their priestly activities. Those responsible for illegal or subversive activities [such as celebrating mass in non registered placed, or in homes; carrying out processions without permission, etc..] will be severely dealt with by authorities
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Quote:Beijing, Aug. 23, 2007 (CWNews.com) - A prominent bishop of the underground Catholic Church in China was arrested on August 23, apparently to prevent him from distributing the Pope's message to the Church in China. Bishop Jia Zhiguo of the Zheng Ding diocese was taken into custody on Thursday morning, the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation reports. The bishop's arrest came after several days of tight surveillance in his residence. . . .The AsiaNews service reports that Bishop Jia was preparing his own pastoral letter to accompany the release of the Pope's message to the Chinese Church. The bishop had been repeatedly warned by Chinese officials that he should not distribute the Pope's message. That papal message rejected the authority of the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association. * * *The 73-year-old Bishop Jia has spent more than 15 years in prison. In the past 3 years he has been arrested at least 11 times, usually to be interrogated, subjected to pressure to join the Patriotic Association, and eventually released. His last previous arrest was on June 5 of this year; he was released on June 22.
Quote: . . . . The CPCA seal was placed on the entrance to Mgr Jias residence and to the building he and members of his congregation use for meetings, a clear sign that his arrest was anti-papal in intent. Unlike the CPCA the Chinese governments response has been quite muted. The CPCA has instead blocked sites that contain the letter and prohibited its dissemination. . . . .
Sep 10 07 12:48 AM
Quote:Rome (AsiaNews) Tomorrow September 8th, the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, in Guiyang (Guizhou), Fr. Paolo Xiao Zejiang will be ordained coadjutor bishop. The ordination has been approved by the Holy See and it is the first to take place following the publication of Benedict XVIs Letter to the Chinese Catholics. Bishops and priests from the underground and official Church will take part together in the ceremony.* * *The news that the candidate was approved by the pope is pushing many Catholics from throughout China to participate in the celebration. AsiaNews sources affirm that many seminarians and priests from Beijing have left bound for Guiyang. What is even more important is the fact that many underground Catholics from the region have decided, in obedience to the pope, to participate in the ceremony and to collaborate with the future bishop .According to local Church figures this gesture is fruit of Benedict XVIs Letter, published June 30th. In it the pope asks the bishops explicitly to make public all Vatican approvals and asks undergrounds and official Catholics to reconcile themselves and collaborate in evangelization.* * *The Church in Guizhou is diffused among the Miao ethnic group. Throughout its history it has also had various martyrs. Four of them were canonised by John Paul II in 2000.
Sep 12 07 12:47 AM
Quote:Chinese underground bishop dies in custody Beijing, Sep. 11, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Bishop Han Dingxiang of the Yong Nian diocese in Hebei province had been in custody for nearly eight years after his most recent arrest, the Cardinal Kung Foundation said. He had been imprisoned on 11 different occasions during his life, spending a total of about 35 years in prison, labor camp, or under house arrest. Born in 1937, Han Dingxiang was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1986 and consecrated a bishop in 1989, having already spent years in labor camps. In 1999 he was arrested while conducting a religious retreat.
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Quote:So the suffering and persecution continues. May the soul of this servant of the Lord rest in peace.
Quote:Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will it be trials, or anguish, persecution or hunger, lack of clothing, or dangers or sword? As the Scripture says: For your sake we are being killed all day long; they treat us like sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all of this we are more than conquerors, thanks to him who has loved us. I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor spiritual powers, neither the present nor the future, nor cosmic powers, were they from heaven or from the deep world below, nor any creature whatsoever will separate us from the love of God, which we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Sep 23 07 10:13 PM
Quote: New Beijing bishop approved by Vatican Pope Benedict XVI has approved the ordination of the new archbishop of Beijing, Joseph Li Shan.x x xThe ceremony took place on Friday at Beijing's Immaculate Conception Cathedral.The Vatican's Archbishop Fernando Filoni said the installation is "undoubtedly a positive sign" because it was recognised by both the Vatican and China. x x xNeither the Vatican nor China has revealed how papal approval for Bishop Li was granted. However a highly placed source told UCA News in Rome that in difficult situations, often the apostolic bull of appointment is not sent but other means are used, such as a letter.
Quote:Vatican approves Chinese choice for bishop of Beijing churchBy Ian Fisher / Published: September 21, 2007ROME: The Vatican sent an unmistakable signal that it approved of the choice of the new bishop of Beijing, as it published an article in its official newspaper on the ordination Friday of the new bishop, the Reverend Joseph Li Shan.The Vatican and the Chinese government, which controls the Catholic Church there, have long struggled over the authority to appoint bishops - and the new choice for Beijing, the Chinese capital, was considered both important and delicate.But in the days leading up to Li's appointment, it seemed increasingly apparent that the Vatican and China, in this case at least, had quietly agreed on Li, 42, who was installed in Beijing at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.Any doubt vanished with the appearance of the article in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, which is often used to make subtler communications when the Vatican wishes to avoid more direct ones. ... Although the article did not say directly whether Pope Benedict XVI agreed with the choice, it said that local Catholics had told the Vatican that Li and another bishop named in Guiyang in August were "worthy and qualified.
Quote: Vatican Hopeful About New Beijing Bishop Friday September 21, 2007 7:16 PMBy CHRISTOPHER BODEEN (Associated Press Writer) BEIJING (AP) - The installation of a Chinese bishop well regarded by the Holy See marked the beginning of what could be a ``new chapter, a new reality'' in the Catholic church's relationship with the government in Beijing, a Vatican official said Friday. Joseph Li Shan was appointed to the influential post of bishop of China's capital at a ceremony at Beijing's 400-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Police controlled access to the church, and attendance by several hundred priests, nuns, officials and ordinary Chinese Roman Catholics was by invitation only. x x xThe former Beijing parish priest has been praised by both the Vatican and Beijing as concerned with the welfare of the church and being open-minded. His appointment as bishop in China's political center and his approval by the Vatican offer a chance to reduce tensions, church officials and experts said. In Rome, a top Vatican diplomat, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, described the installation of the bishop as ``without a doubt, a positive sign. Let's hope it continues.'' x x xLi replaces Bishop Fu Tieshan, a Communist Party supporter and hard-liner toward the Vatican whose death in April provided an opportunity for rapprochement between the state-controlled church and Rome. x x xParishioners said they had no doubt that Li had been approved by the Vatican, even though no such explicit announcement has come from Rome. ``We're just very happy to have a new bishop,'' said Ma Ruixian, a 62-year-old retiree from Beijing who said he knew Li from his time at Beijing's St. Joseph's church in the busy Wangfujing shopping area. ``The only thing Chinese Catholics want is good relations with the Vatican,'' Ma said. ``I hope Li can help.''
Oct 9 07 10:56 PM
Quote: Guangxi: stop the Popes Letter, even by brain washing. Obligatory political sessions for Catholic priests, guilty of having publicly distributed the Popes Letter to Chinas Catholics. The office for religious affairs orders the sequester and closure of internet sites, as well as a campaign to stop Vatican penetration of its faithful. A similar script to 99. Rome (AsiaNews) Brain washing Catholic priests to convince them of the error of their ways; in short of having published and distributed the Popes Letter to Chinas Catholics: it is taking place in Nanning, a major city of the autonomous Guangxi region, (south west China), where the government has launched a campaign to counter the Vatican penetration in the life of the Church. Meantime in Qingxiu district, close to Nanning, police sequestered and destroyed copies of a parish letter which carried parts of the papal document.June 30th Benedict XVI published a Letter to the Catholics of China with which he exhorted them to live the Christian mission and witness for the good of their country and to draw closet the underground and official Church, asking all of those involved to witness with greater courage their unity with the Holy See. In turn, with cordial and respectful terms, the pontiff requested that Chinese authorities respect the religious freedom of the faithful and the appointment of bishops.Beijings reaction to the Letter at the time of its publishing was bland. But according to AsiaNews, sources the documents distribution has been gravely impeded in a variety of ways.What is happening in Qingxiu district is emblematic. There the provincial Office for religious affairs (ORA) has set up an emergency group comprising more than 12 public entities (from the United Front to the district commissions to the police) whose job it is to draw up a plan to stop the pastoral letter. An official document from the ORA is a perfect example of what happened in Kanglelu parish: with the permission of its bishop the parish published its newsletter (Compass) with extracts taken from the Popes Letter. The secretary of the communist party and the local government gave maximum attention to the case gathered together the priests forcing then to a work of political thought (in short brainwashing) so that by learning from their mistake, they may continue to raise the standard of love for the motherland and the Church, and strongly oppose the words and activities of the Vatican.
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