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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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Low key bishop dies

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Bishop Francis Tong Hui, from the northern area of Shaanxi province, died of illness in his sleep on October 27 at the age of 84.

The former bishop of Yan’an, who had been ill for some years, would have celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on December 23. He was born in Lintong, Shaanxi.

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