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Chinese in Italy pray for homeland

ROME (UCAN): While the troubled relationship between the Vatican and Beijing remains unresolved, the Chinese Catholic community in Italy is preparing for a prayer day to mark the 10th anniversary of the letter penned to Catholics in China in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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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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What’s in Vatican negotiations for China?

HONG KONG (SE): The benefits of an equitable agreement coming out of the ongoing Vatican-Beijing dialogue seem obvious enough for the Catholic Church, but no one enters into an international negotiation unless there is something in it for them as well, so what’s in it for China?

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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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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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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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The maze of Vatican-China talks

HONG KONG (SE): Following the information maze on clandestine negotiations between Beijing and the Vatican is a risky journey.

In the last week of January, while UCAN reported the ambassador from Taiwan to the Holy See, Matthew Lee, as saying relations appear stalled, the Milan-based Corriere della Sera said a Beijing delegation was actually on Vatican soil and had brokered an agreement on the appointment of bishops.

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Test case for bishops’ appointments in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Vatican has given its approval to Father Tang Yuange, a priest from Chengdu in southwestern China who was chosen through a government selection process, to be ordained as a bishop.

Local Catholics in southwestern Sichuan province said on December 24 that the Holy See had given its approval for Father Tang to be appointed and ordained as a bishop in October, shortly after a six-member Vatican delegation visited Beijing to meet with Chinese officials.

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Worries over Vatican-Taipei relations may be huff and puff

TAIPEI (UCAN): Philip Chen Chien-jen, a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming elections in Taiwan, is urging Church people to be patient over speculation that China may ask the Vatican to cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

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