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Chinese authorities halt youth summer camps

TIANJIN (UCAN): The Walk with the Lord summer camp for young people in the Diocese of Tianjin in northern China, was forced to close on July 21 by authorities who cited the country’s revised religious regulations, which came into effect in February. Authorities also removed two priests and shut down a youth camp in Tianshui in Shandong province.
 

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Flare up over demolished Church property

HONG KONG (SE): A group of around 40 people from the Anhui and Henan gathered to demand compensation on October 18 from the government after a building which they claim belongs to the Church in Tianjin City was demolished by the authorities without notice.

The two-day protest began when Father Ma Yantao, the manager of diocesan properties in Tianjin, informed Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin that the 973-square metre property on Fujian Road had been demolished.

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Talking faith in art

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “To communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art,” Pope John Paul II wrote in a letter to artists in 1999.

It has also been used over the centuries as a form of catechesis and in China, the famed Jesuit missionary of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Father Matteo Ricci, used both painting and cartography to convey his message.

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