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China invites Vatican to have pavilion at Beijing garden expo

VATICAN (CNS): The Holy See is one of a number of nations and organisations who accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to participate in Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition running from April 29 to October 7 with the theme, Live Green, Live Better.
 

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Third priest detained in China at start of Holy Week

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Peter Zhang Guangjun of the unofficial Church in the Diocese of Xuanhua, in Hebei, was forcibly taken away by authorities just after he celebrated Passion Sunday Mass on April 14.
 
A local Catholic, who identified himself as Paul, said that he received a call from the priest just as he was being apprehended.
 
“When some plainclothes men came closer to the car and asked Father Zhang to open the window, he felt bad things were going to happen and he called me immediately,” Paul said.

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The May Fourth Movement and its impact on Catholic education in China

The May Fourth Movement and regaining the right to education 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. It not only affected the political environment in China, but also brought about profound changes in literature and social life. One aspect that was deeply affected was education in China.








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China’s first episcopal elections since Sino-Vatican deal

HONG KONG (UCAN): In the first round of episcopal elections since the signing of the Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops last September, a was coadjutor bishop elected for the Diocese of Hanzhong in Shaanxi province, and a bishop chosen for the Diocese of Jining, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous .
 
Forty-four-year-old Father Stephen Xu Hongwei was elected as coadjutor for Hanzhong on April 11, while Father Anthony Yao Shun, the former vicar general of Jining, was elected bishop on April 9.
 

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Bishop and vicar general detained again

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Augustine Cui Tai of Xuanhua, Hebei, China, was detained again on March 29, while his vicar general, Father Zhang Jianlin was taken into custody by officials from the provincial religious department on March 28, amid a long-running dispute between a group of Beijing-affiliated priests and the unofficial community in the northern Chinese province.
 

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Church is active part of Chinese history cardinal says

Vatican (UCAN): “The Catholic Church in China is not a ‘foreigner’ but an integral and active part of Chinese history and can contribute to the edification of a society that is more harmonious and respectful of all,” Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, wrote in the preface of a soon to be launched book, The Church in China: A New Departure.
 

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China recommits to molding religions

SYDNEY (CNS): Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has reiterated the Communist Party’s commitment to make religion more culturally Chinese, underscoring what many see are problems with the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, signed in September between the Vatican and Beijing.
 

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Take time to heal the wounds

By Jijo Kandamkulathy CMF
 
HONG KONG (SE): Fernando Cardinal Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation of Evangelisation of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) has a connection with Asia that runs deeper than having been a former nuncio who took care of the affairs of Macau, Hong Kong and China. Though for eight years (1992 to 2000) he was the nuncio to the Philippines, he based himself in Hong Kong, bridging China-Vatican relations. 
 

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A chat with Monsignor Ante Jozic

Further reflections from Monsignor Ante Jozic, the outgoing head of the Holy See Study Mission,
on the Church in China, excerpted from his interview with the
Sunday Examiner and the Kung Kao Po on February 12
 

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Panama’s Chinese Catholics welcome World Youth Day pilgrims

PANAMA CITY (UCAN): The Chinese Catholic community in Panama City, Panama, received Chinese pilgrims to World Youth Day 2019, held in Panama from January 22 to 27 from, and shared their experiences of evangelising as more people turn to Protestant Churches. 
 

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