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Church in Xi’an demolished in the name of development

XI’AN (AsiaNews): The only Catholic church in Zhifang, a village in the Huyi District, near Xi’an in Shaanxi province, was torn down by authorities on December 27 with no reason given apart from a simple notification. 
 
News of the demolition was reported on social media along with pictures of the church’s legal papers which show that it had been duly approved and had all the necessary permits from the Religious Affairs Bureau to use the land on a permanent basis.
 

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300-year-old church celebrated in China

XI’AN (UCAN): With a splash of red silk, Bishop Anthony Dang Mingyan and three other bishops unveiled a tablet in the grounds of St. Francis Cathedral in Xi’an marking the 300th anniversary of the church in Shaanxi, China, and installed a relic of its patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at the culmination of what was a four-day gala event beginning on October 1 and concluding on October 4.

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German president visits Xi’an

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Anthony Dang Mingyan believes that a visit from the German president, Joachim Gauck, to the cathedral in Xi’an on Holy Thursday (March 24) should help the development of the charitable outreach of the Church in his diocese.

Bishop Dang said he introduced the German president to the diocese’s charity works and described the general situation of Shaanxi province during his 50-minute visit.

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