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Approach Beijing with caution Vatican warned

OTTAWA (SE): “We should be under no illusion that as China engages more and more with the political, economic and social frameworks of the world, that that is having any impact on their human rights record,” the former ambassador for religious freedom from Canada, Andrew Bennett, said in warning the Catholic Church that in its negotiations with China it should have no illusions in approaching Beijing.

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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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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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Vatican breaks its silence on China

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican has broken its silence on two much discussed topics amongst Catholics in China and in the international media; the convening of the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which was slated to take place in Beijing from December 26 to 29, and the presence of an illicitly ordained bishop at two ordinations, one in Chengdu and the other in Xichang on November 30 and December 2.

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A night to remember

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung on September 28 to mark the second anniversary of the beginning of the 79-day sit-in variously dubbed Occupy Central and the Umbrella Movement, long time politician, Martin Lee Chu-ming, commented, “In all of my 22 years in politics, I have never seen people who do not have any experience in politics elected to the Legislative Council (LegCo).”

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Bishop writes to people in prison

HONG KONG (SE): “The majority of people in Hong Kong prisons eventually are offered the grace of walking through the holy door as an experience of joy after a long sorrow,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a gathering of people who work in the prison ministry held at the cathedral on August 28.

The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong added that before they get the chance to walk through the big gate to freedom, they must accept the consequences of their crimes.

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Rumours amidst a shroud of silence

HONG KONG (SE): As silence from the government, local Church and the Vatican shrouds the controversial letter of apology posted on the blog of the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, the environment has become ripe for rumours.

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A call for unity on the Tiananmen anniversary

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): In response to a decision taken by the Hong Kong Federation of Students not to take part in the annual memorial candlelight vigil for those who died at Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that unity and cooperation must be cherished in order to achieve anything realistic.

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Calls for reform hit wall of security around visiting Beijing official

Hong Kong (UCAN): Even as Zhang Dejiang, chairperson of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, arrived on May 17 for a three-day visit to Hong Kong, advocates called on the government in Beijing to keep its fingers out of local affairs and to restart the political reform process.

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