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Beijing’s meddling with personnel a new headache for Vatican

HONG KONG (UCAN): The two government appointed Catholic bodies, the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, have released revised constitutions placing Sinicisation at the centre of their operational philosophy.

The new emphasis in the constitutions of the two bodies is being interpreted as part of a broader strategy by Beijing to put a stronger Chinese flavour into religion, which also means a stronger Communist socialist ethic.

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Sinicise or bust

HONG KONG (UCAN): Authorities overseeing the life of religious communities and Churches in China told a group of bishops and Church leaders they must Sinicise or bust.

At a gathering soon after Beijing concluded its hushed meetings with a Vatican delegation in October, the Church leaders were told that they must insist on a process of Sinicisation being implemented in their communities.

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