CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 June 2019

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Sinicisation pushed by China’s state-sanctioned bishops’ conference

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), has pledged to work with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) to develop the Sinicisation of religion.
 
Bishop Ma was speaking after Wang Zuo’an, deputy minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD), visited the CCPA and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China BCCCC in Beijing.
 
The bishop said the CCPA and BCCCC would live up to the trust of the Communist Party and the government.
 
“In the new year, they will work hard, unite as one heart, think seriously, strive to practice, work according to the situation and continue to make greater and better progress on the path of the development of Sinicisation for gaining a satisfactory result for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
 
Wang said work on the election and consecration of bishops and the transformation of underground bishops must be done well.
 
He called on the CCPA and BCCCC to “maintain a high sense of responsibility and mission and lead the mass believers of the Catholic Church to continue to study through Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
He admonished them to “

Wang said it is necessary to constantly explore and practice the direction of Sinicisation and to strengthen the revision and improvement of systems, while it is important to “let the five-star red flag fly high in church courtyards.”
 
It is also necessary to formulate a plan for managing dioceses appropriately to increase the intensity of self-establishment and the construction of grassroots patriotic organizations and personnel training, he said.
 
Bishop Ma, BCCCC and CCPA standing vice-president, Bishop Joseph Shen Bin, and CCPA vice-chairperson and secretary-general, Liu Yuanlong, welcomed Wang and other United Front officials.
 
Despite the recent Sino-Vatican provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, neither the BCCCC nor the CCPA are recognised by the Vatican.

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