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China’s state-aligned Catholic organisations tell US to back off

HONG KONG (UCAN): Responding to the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom of the United States (US) State Department, held in Washington DC from July 16 to 18, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA) and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and other officially sanctioned religious organisations in China say the gathering “maliciously hyped” China’s ethnic and religious policies.
 

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Two China dioceses reportedly forced to join patriotic association

HONG KONG (UCAN): The dioceses of Fuzhou and Mindong in Fujian, China were forced to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA). In Fuzhou some priests were allegedly banned from leaving China, sources said. 
 
When approaching the Diocese of Fuzhou, government officials reportedly said that the Diocese of Mindong had already agreed to fall under its wing.
 

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Clarifying the fate of the unofficial Church in China

ROME (AsiaNews): China’s president, Xi Jinping, will be in Italy from March 20 to 23, and rumours are already circulating of a possible meeting with Pope Francis. Should this be the case, it is important to clarify the fate of the unofficial Church and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA).
 

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Sinicisation pushed by China’s state-sanctioned bishops’ conference

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), has pledged to work with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) to develop the Sinicisation of religion.
 
Bishop Ma was speaking after Wang Zuo’an, deputy minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD), visited the CCPA and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China BCCCC in Beijing.
 

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Bishop of Qingdao dead at 94

ROME (AsiaNews): Bishop Joseph Li Mingshu of Qingdao, Shandong province, died on June 15 at the age of 94. News of his passing was reported by the diocese, a date for his funeral had yet to be set at the date of going to press.
 

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Clandestine bishop out from shadows

LANZHOU (AsiaNews): Bishop Joseph Han Zhihai, who was ordained clandestinely as a bishop in Lanzhou in 2003, has come out of the shadows to be installed by the government as bishop of Lanzhou in northern China.
 
However, he had told the Vatican Insider in 2015, “It is best not to ask for government recognition,” but added the rider that in his case the government had been prepared to offer recognition back in 2010.
 

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Mixed messages from Patriotic Association anniversary

HONG KONG (UCAN): An official government function to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association carried a bit of a mixed message for the Church and the Vatican, on the one hand stressing Beijing will keep a tight rein on the Church, but on the other refraining from calling the event a celebration.
 

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Public airing of China’s view

ROME (AsiaNews): Coming from 31 provinces and autonomous regions of China, 365 representatives attended the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives at the Tian Tai Beijing Hotel from December 27 to 29.

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China schedules Catholic Congress for Boxing Day

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which is only open to approved, government-recognised office holders from the official Catholic community and normally held in early December, has been put off until after Christmas.

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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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