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Chinese at Vatican talks accused of organ harvesting

HONG KONG (UCAN): The presence of two Chinese health officials at a February 7 and 8 Vatican summit on organ transplants that sparked sharp criticism, are now being accused of forced organ harvesting by international medical experts.

Huang Jiefu, a former vice minister of health in China, and Wang Haibo, an official responsible for the national organ transplant database, attended the summit organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Vatican reassures Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, met with Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the coordinator of the nine-member Council of Cardinal Advisers to Pope Francis during her recent visit to four Central American nations.

On the second day of her tour in Honduras, Tsai attended a Mass at the Basilica of Suyapa in Tegucigalpa and received a blessing from Cardinal Maradiaga.

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Vatican tried to stop Armenian genocide

VATICAN (CWN): A new book based on research in the Vatican’s secret archives shows that the apostolic delegate to Turkey, Archbishop Angelo Mario Dolci, took extraordinary measures to stop the genocidal campaign against Armenians in the early 20th century.

While acting as apostolic delegate in Constantinople, the archbishop wrote to Turkish authorities in 1915 arguing against the genocide, researcher, Valentina Karakhanian, claims.

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Vatican statement on China brings comfort and hope

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Priests in China approached by AsiaNews all spoke with satisfaction about the statement released by the Vatican on November 20 commenting on the Congress of Catholic Representatives, scheduled from December 27 to 29, and the presence of an illicitly ordained bishop at two ordinations on November 30 and December 2 (Sunday Examiner, January 1).

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Mild response from Beijing

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Beijing has responded to a statement from the Vatican on the presence of an illicitly ordained bishop at two ordinations in China on November 30 and December 2, as well as the Congress of Catholic Representatives that was running for three days after Christmas, in what is being described as a surprisingly mild tone.

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Pope puts broom through liturgy congregation

VATICAN (CWN): Pope Francis has taken the broom to the entire Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, the Vatican body in charge of all liturgical questions in the Church.

While it is routine for the pope to rotate a few members each year, on October 28, Pope Francis made the surprise announcement that he was replacing the complete complement of 27 people in the congregation, a total transformation of its makeup.

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Vatican and Vietnam continue meetings

VATICAN (SE): A delegation from the Holy See, headed by the undersecretary of state, Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, met with a delegation from Vietnam, led by Bui Thanh Son, the permanent deputy minister of foreign affairs, at the Vatican from October 24 to 26 with a view to establishing full diplomatic relations.

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Vatican calls for sporting chance for all

VATICAN (SE): Representatives from sporting bodies the world over—athletes at all levels and ages—along with coaches, franchise owners, managers, corporate sponsors and experts in fields ranging from sports medicine and psychology to training, discipline, education and formation, gathered at the Vatican on October 7 to discuss the contribution of sport to humanity with leaders from the world’s great religious.

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What’s in the Vatican negotiations for China?

HONG KONG (SE): The ongoing negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing over finding mutually acceptable ways in the contentious area of appointing bishops in China and harmonising relations between the official and unofficial Church communities have attracted great interest in the Church both in and outside China, with at least one forum held in Hong Kong on September 25 calling for more transparency from the two tight-lipped bodies.

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Tightening canonisation

Vatican (SE): The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has announced there will be new rules governing the role of medical boards investigating miracle cures in the beatification and canonisation processes.

They strengthen requirements for acceptance of authenticity and set stricter standards for the documentation of payment to experts.

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