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Uneducable priests

HONG KONG (SE): Three priests from the unofficial Church community in Mindong in eastern China were detained on May 6, the same day that the leader of their diocese, Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin, was released after one month in detention.
 

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A decade on from pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics

May 27 this year marks the 10th anniversary of the letter Pope Benedict XVI penned to the Catholic people of China. Although commentators hold a wide variety of views on the impact of the letter, what is undeniable is that it has given the Church in China a clear direction and led it into a new era.
 








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Crackdown on unofficial Church strongholds intensifies

HONG KONG (UCAN): Local officials in northeastern Heilongjiang province of China have moved to close down an unofficial Catholic community that had organised a Mass on April 20, a weekday.

A 10-second video clip circulated online showed several police arguing with people who were trying to stop them from detaining a lay community leader and Father Shen Yanjun, who began working at the Qingshan Church in Wudalianchi City seven months ago.
The video clip was later removed.

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Localising Church music in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): China has experienced an increase in locally composed liturgical songs, which is evidenced by a new website listing various hymns that are sung across China today.

Last year, one priest released his own album of songs that he composed himself.

Sanyuan, in northwestern Shaanxi province, and Xianxian in northern Hebei, both held sacred music festivals in late 2016 attracting many choirs from the areas.

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Two cardinals two opinions

HONG KONG (SE): The two cardinals in Hong Kong hold divergent opinions on the current discussions taking place between the Vatican and Beijing, with the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, showing great optimism in his outline of a possible scenario for Church-state relations and his predecessor, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, far more wary.

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Family denies late Bishop Wang was a secret cardinal

HONG KONG (UCAN): The rumour mill, which can run rampant around the Church in China, became so strong and complex around the time of the death of Bishop Casimir Wang Milu on February 14 that his younger brother, Bishop John Wang Ruowang, did not feel free to preside at the funeral ceremony of his older brother.

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Control of religious bodies in China is set to remain tight

HONG KONG (UCAN): China will continue choosing bishops for the official Catholic Church community and it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, a work plan for 2017 posted on the website of the State Administration of Religious Affairs on January 26 announced.

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No schism in China

HONG KONG (SE): In commenting on an article written by John Cardinal Tong Hon, The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiastical point of view (Sunday Examiner, February 5), some media spoke of the Church in China as schismatic.

However, the Church in China is not in schism and has never been accused of being so.

Pope John XXIII once made reference to a schism back in the early 1960s, but quickly withdrew his remark.

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Bishop in Shaanxi accused of corruption

HONG KONG (UCAN): A group of priests in Hanzhong in Shaanxi province has accused 85-year-old Bishop Louis Yu Runshen of corruption and are demanding that he step down.

A letter signed by 20 of the 27 priests in the diocese, including the coadjutor bishop, 87-year-old Bishop Matthias Yu Chengxin, who is partially paralysed, was sent to Bishop Louis Yu.

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