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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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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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Simple measure has insidious side

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): On February 13, the Global Times reported that China is launching a massive campaign to check and register the identities of all religious workers.

It is proposing a certificate showing the religious name, secular name, national ID card number and a unique number assigned to every individual religious minister.

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A battle to usurp a memory

SHANGHAI (SE): Always a controversial figure, the late Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian trod a difficult and delicate path in Shanghai, initially as the rector of the newly-reopened Sheshan Seminary and then as an illicitly ordained bishop.

Embraced by some and ostracised by others, he once said, “I try to keep the Vatican happy and I try to keep the government happy, without really succeeding at either.”

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Government plans for Church rubber stamped

HONG KONG (SE): The two government bodies that hold official authority within the Catholic Church in China, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, readily rubber stamped plans presented by the government for the coming year.

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Government hijacks control of Wuhan diocese

 

WUHAN (AsiaNews): While world attention was focussed on the confinement of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai, the government hijacked control of the Wuhan diocese, with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association quietly removing the long time administrator, Father Shen Guo’an, from his position.

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