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China Bridge: Contradictions at the top?

Catholics outside of China are baffled by an apparent contradiction about the religious policy towards the Catholic Church between different departments in the top echelons of the Chinese government. 
 








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The May Fourth Movement and its impact on Catholic education in China

The May Fourth Movement and regaining the right to education 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. It not only affected the political environment in China, but also brought about profound changes in literature and social life. One aspect that was deeply affected was education in China.








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Remembering the dead in China

“Remembrance of history brings us closer to God,” Pope Francis said. 
 
Catholics in China, as with the universal Church, remember their Church leaders and those who have departed from this world, and pray for all souls in Purgatory in every November, particularly on All Souls Day. 
 

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China Bridge - Pope Paul VI canonised. We rejoice!

Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on 19 October 2014, and canonised him on 14 October 2018. We rejoice! Pope Paul loved China and always cared about the Church in China.
 
Appreciation of the Catholics in China
On 20 October 1963, on the anniversary of the consecration of the first six Chinese bishops in 1926, Pope Paul VI wrote a letter to Propaganda Fide (now the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples) in which he said:








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Nuturing the youth ministry in China

The 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth and China’s new restrictions on youth activities are prompting a review of youth pastoral work in China. The following reflections are based on my interviews with young people and youth ministers in China in 2017, and on the responses from China to the questionnaire for the 2018 Synod. 
 

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For the one who loves, nothing is difficult

 
The 150th death anniversary of CICM founder 
Father Théophile Verbist
 
 








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A brief history of Our Lady of China

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his 2007 Letter to Catholics in China, invited Catholics all over the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. In this section of “A day of prayer for the Church in China,” he wrote:
 

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Easter baptisms in China

Young Chinese Catholics, newly baptised at Easter, explained that their faith in God changed their lives and their conversions impelled them to learn more about him and share this experience with others in their atheist and materialist societies. 
 








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‘Can these bones come alive?’ Some churches in South China

The South was once known as the wasteland (不毛之地), a place where vegetation and crops hardly grew. 
 
Populated by peasants, ethnic minorities, exiles and migrants, the region was even considered barbarous—beyond the pale of Chinese civilisation as conceived by those who inhabited the Middle Kingdom, and who saw themselves as “heirs of legendary emperors.”