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Official Church facing authenticity crisis

HONG KONG (UCAN): St. Joseph’s Church in Beijing towers over busy Wangfujing Street, not far from Tiananmen Square. 

On an uncharacteristically humid afternoon in July this year, the courtyard is abandoned, save for three men sleeping on benches.

The church doors are shuttered, but not locked. Outside the main gate, another four homeless people take refuge from the pounding sun and suffocatingly humid air. But inside, there’s not a soul.

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Ignorance makes Church its own worst enemy

HONG KONG (SE): Churches must share some of the blame for the widespread anti-religious feeling that many in Chinese society hold against them, a pastor in Xiamen told the Gospel Times, as what he calls an anti-intellectualism is common in some Churches that leaves people thinking that the Church is silly.

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Tweaking Church teaching with Chinese characteristics

CHONGQING (UCAN): A conference was held in July this year involving the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China at which each seminary on the mainland was required to present a paper explaining how the recommendations of the Central Disciplinary Committee of the Communist Party, published subsequent to its inspection of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, are being implemented.

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Government show in Beijing trumps Church show in Shanghai

HONG KONG (UCAN): The State Administration for Religious Affairs hosted a five-day workshop at a training centre in Beijing on the instructions of the central government as a commemoration of the centennial of the birth of the former bishop of Shanghai, the late Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian.

Five Church representatives from each province were chosen to attend the five-day gathering, which participants said was running from June 20 to 24.

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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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Never too late to suggest dialogue Cardinal Tong says

 

ROME (SE): “However oppressive external restrictions are, they cannot corrupt or take away the gift of faith, if there is faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told Gianni Valente from Vatican Insider.

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China’s lone voice at synod not enough

 

VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an intervention by letter.

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