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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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The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

By John Cardinal Tong

 

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Conflicting conversations in the Church in China

HONG KONG (SE): “If you had asked me one year ago about the chances of a deal (between the Vatican and Beijing), I would have said remote to nil,” Ian Johnson, the author of Wild Grass, a reflection on civil society and grassroots protest in China, said in a blog posted on SupChina on January 6.

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Catholic congress an advance or window dressing?

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which concluded in Beijing on December 29, oversaw the appointment of office holders in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, as well as amending the constitutions of the two government-sanctioned Church bodies.

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Public airing of China’s view

ROME (AsiaNews): Coming from 31 provinces and autonomous regions of China, 365 representatives attended the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives at the Tian Tai Beijing Hotel from December 27 to 29.

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