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Concerns over political scanning in China Church

HONG KONG (UCAN): Catholics in China’s Henan province are concerned that a new appraisal system for religious personnel is a front for political screening.
 
On priest said that the provincial Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and Catholic Church Committee approached him during Holy Week seeking to appraise him. A few days later, he found the newly launched annual appraisal scheme with an assessment form on WeChat. 
 
“The appraisal is ridiculous,” he said.
 

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Church is active part of Chinese history cardinal says

Vatican (UCAN): “The Catholic Church in China is not a ‘foreigner’ but an integral and active part of Chinese history and can contribute to the edification of a society that is more harmonious and respectful of all,” Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, wrote in the preface of a soon to be launched book, The Church in China: A New Departure.
 

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Official bishops back Vatican-China deal

HONG KONG (UCAN): Chinese bishops attending the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing gave their backing to the Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops.
 
Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu of Mindong, a CPPCC member and a vice-chairperson of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), told Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily on March 3 that the deal was a win-win agreement that would promote the unity of the Chinese Church and its healthy development.
 

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Clarifying the fate of the unofficial Church in China

ROME (AsiaNews): China’s president, Xi Jinping, will be in Italy from March 20 to 23, and rumours are already circulating of a possible meeting with Pope Francis. Should this be the case, it is important to clarify the fate of the unofficial Church and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA).
 

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Take time to heal the wounds

By Jijo Kandamkulathy CMF
 
HONG KONG (SE): Fernando Cardinal Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation of Evangelisation of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) has a connection with Asia that runs deeper than having been a former nuncio who took care of the affairs of Macau, Hong Kong and China. Though for eight years (1992 to 2000) he was the nuncio to the Philippines, he based himself in Hong Kong, bridging China-Vatican relations. 
 

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The Church in China needs contribution of all

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published an interview with Fernando Cardinal Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, in which he spoke of the provisional agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops, signed on 22 September 2018
 








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Study retreat looks into China situation

HONG KONG (SE): A study retreat was organised for clergy by the Diocese of Hong Kong from January 8 to 10, to deepen their understanding of the situation of the Church in China.
 
With the help of different researchers on the subject, the retreat covered four topics, including the theological principles behind the reforms of Pope Francis, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s policy on religion, the provisional Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops reached on September 22 and the future of the Church in China. 
 

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Priests of China’s unofficial Church stand united

HONG KONG (UCAN): Priests of the unofficial Church in China understand Pope Francis’ good intentions for it to be united with the government-sanctioned Church, but say they are not optimistic, as the country has no true religious freedom.
 
Father John said that before and after the signing of the provisional Vatican-China agreement on appointing bishops, unofficial priests in his area held several private meetings to discuss the situation.
 

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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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Praying for the Church in China without missing the point

Michel Chambon
 
May 24 has since 2007 been a day of prayer for the Catholic Church in China. At that time, Pope Benedict invited all Catholics, especially Chinese Catholics, to embrace the special day by renewing their faith in Jesus and striving for unity.
 
Echoing this, Pope Francis has encouraged prayers asking that Chinese Catholics make concrete gestures of “fraternity, harmony and reconciliation.”