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Catholic congress an advance or window dressing?

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which concluded in Beijing on December 29, oversaw the appointment of office holders in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, as well as amending the constitutions of the two government-sanctioned Church bodies.

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Ordeal of Mass at Christmas

HONG KONG (UCAN): For both the official and unofficial Church communities in China, Christmas Eve Masses proved to be an ordeal.

In Beijing, it often meant competing for admission and queuing for mandatory security checks for hours at the four downtown churches, popularly known as the North, South, East and West Churches.

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Bishop’s death sparks succession quandary

WENZHOU (AsiaNews): The death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, on the morning of September 7 at the age of 90 has sparked a looming crisis in the continued leadership of the diocese.

The coadjutor bishop set to succeed him was reported to have been kidnapped by police a few days before Bishop Zhu’s death and was not allowed to return for his funeral.

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Death Notice - Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu

 

Yujiang (SE): Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu, from Yujiang, Jiangxi, China, died on April 2, according to an April 22 report from Agenzia Fides. He was almost 96-years-old. 

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Appeal to include aged bishop in amnesty

HONG KONG (SE): Catholic people in Hebei province have renewed their appeal for the release of long-imprisoned Bishop James Su Zhimin, from the unofficial Church community in Baoding.

The request came after the president, Xi Jinping, granted amnesty to jailed war veterans, as well as bedridden or disabled elderly prisoners on August 29 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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