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Old cathedral in China now World Heritage

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former cathedral of Xiamen diocese on Gulangyu Island in eastern Fujian province was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List by the 41st session of the committee held in Krakow, Poland, on July 8.
 
The decision to recognise Christ the King Church as one of the 51 notable sites on the island comes in the centenary year of the building which was commissioned by the Spanish Dominican Bishop Emmanuel Prat in 1917.
 

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World Heritage bid for St. Francis Xavier memorial

HONG KONG (UCAN): People visiting the original grave site of St. Francis Xavier on Shangchuan Island in China on December 3 found site closed for renovation.

It is part of a bid for a UNESCO World Heritage listing.

St. Francis Xavier’s Church on the island, which houses the empty tomb of the 16th century Jesuit missionary, is one of 30 historic sites included in the Chinese government recommendations for UNESCO world heritage listing for 2018.

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