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Permanent deaconate has long way to go in China

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): For what is believed to have been the first time the Church in China has begun a discussion on the possibility of establishing the permanent deaconate.

While the permanent deaconate has grown in Hong Kong and is open to both married and single men, a September 6 to 9 gathering of the Council of Chinese Bishops was the first occasion on which it has been formally discussed in China.

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Simple measure has insidious side

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): On February 13, the Global Times reported that China is launching a massive campaign to check and register the identities of all religious workers.

It is proposing a certificate showing the religious name, secular name, national ID card number and a unique number assigned to every individual religious minister.

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Sino-Vatican talks demand a conversion

HONG KONG (SE): “A Chinese bishops’ conference in communion with the pope. All these bishops will be people who are converted to walk together towards the kingdom of God,” Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi, the leader of the unofficial Church community in Qiqihar, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, told AsiaNews.

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Ecclesiology investigation hosted in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Tenth Annual Gathering of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network was hosted by Hong Kong from July 20 to 24 by the Ming Hua Theological College and the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Government push for Church money

WENZHOU (SE): Relations between Churches and the local government in the province of Zhejiang, China, have been stretched over the past two years with a spate of demolition of crosses from Church buildings, but China Aid Media reported that the latest clash has been over money.

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Old tunes no new ideas

HONG KONG (UCAN): A five-day workshop for clergy and Church personnel organised in Beijing by the State Administration for Religious Affairs from June 20 to 24 received a mixed response from those who had been told to turn up.

Several people who were at the command performance reported that in many ways it was a rehash of the same old stuff they have been hearing for years.

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Church in China needs support in its struggle

HONG KONG (SE): The enormous obstacles placed in the way of unification for the splintered Church communities in China were presented as the greatest challenge to both faith and hope for the Catholic people on the mainland at a combined reflection and prayer meeting held on May 22 at St. Jerome’s parish in Tin Shui Wai.

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All ages must know about Church in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): Organisers of a two-part series of talks on the Church in China hope the symposium will motivate Catholic people in Hong Kong to take more interest in religious persecution on the mainland.

About 40 people gathered at the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the University of Hong Kong on April 15 to hear Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun say he believes Pope Francis understands the suffering of the Church in China.

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Congress prays for Church in China

CEBU (SE): “Chinese Christians are still in deep water, in burning fire—a terrible reality,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in a personal testimony at the Eucharistic Congress being celebrated in Cebu, The Philippines, on January 25.

He said that when he saw a prayer for the suffering and persecuted Christians of the Middle East and African countries listed for the opening Mass, he made a request that China be remembered as well.

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Integrating the Church into Chinese society

HONG KONG (SE): “It is encouraging to see that in Chinese society today misunderstandings towards the Catholic Church are declining, thanks to dialogue and meetings,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at the opening of the fifth edition of a seminar organised by the Hong Kong-based Faith Institute for Cultural Studies and the Yuan Dao Study Society, together with the People’s University of Beijing under the theme of The integration of the Catholic Church in China with the society More from this section