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Is targeting of Catholics pushback from low-level officials?

BANGKOK (CNS): Although China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in September, persecution of Chinese Catholics continues.
 
Some believe there is considerable pushback against the Vatican-China deal from inside China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), the Communist Party-controlled religious bureaucracy, especially at a more localised level.
 

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Beijing symposium marks 50th anniversary of Chinese-language bible

Hong Kong (UCAN): Various Church groups from mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have been organising seminars and symposiums in honour of the 50th anniversary original translation—of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek sources into Chinese by the Studium Biblicum OFM in Hong Kong.
 
The Studium Biblicum Version, is the predominant Chinese-language translation of the Bible used by Chinese Catholics.
 

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Two priests in Hebei detained

Hong Kong (UCAN): Father Su Guipeng and Father Zhao He, of the unofficial Church in the diocese of Xuanhua, China, have been detained by authorities in Hebei province, according to a source.
 
The source said Father Zhao, who serves in the Dongcheng Catholic Church, was taken away by the personnel of the United Front Work Department of Yangyuan County on October 24.
 
Seven unidentified people went to the church and said they were taking the priest to talk to local government officials, but he had not returned.

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More church crosses demolished

Hong Kong (UCAN): Chinese officials have ordered the demolition of crosses and some other church structures in dioceses in Zhejiang, Henan and Guizhou provinces.
 
In southwestern Guizhou on October 15, officials ordered Anlong Church to remove structures and crosses, erected as part of a local pilgrimage, which allegedly violated planning laws.
 
Authorities warned that unless a fine was paid by October 20, income obtained from the pilgrimage would be confiscated. 
 

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A Tibetan view of the Sino-Vatican agreement

Sang Jieja
 
After years of negotiations, the Vatican and China finally announced in late September that a consensus had been reached on the appointment of Chinese bishops and the two sides signed a provisional agreement.
 
As a Tibetan bystander, I wasn’t optimistic about the agreement. I have been subjected to violations by the Chinese government for more than 60 years.
 








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Two steps forward, one step back: Vatican diplomacy with China

Michael Sainsbury 
 
When Deng Xiaoping took charge of the Chinese Communist Party in late 1978 and announced his programme of reform, it was the beginning of the end of 39 years of isolation for China’s Christians.
 








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Sino-Vatican provisional deal signed

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican announced on September 22 that a Provisional Agreement between the Holy-See and China on the appointment of bishops had been signed at a meeting by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, and Wang Chao, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the heads of the delegation of the Holy See and China. 
 

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New Internet rules could strangle religion

HONG KONG (UCAN): China has been accused of trying to strangle religion after the State Administration for Religious Affairs published draft measures to administer the distribution of religious information on the Internet on September 10. The deadline for comments is October 9.
 
One network administrator described the measures as “an all-around strangulation” that aims to strictly control religions from real life to the online world, making evangelisation more difficult.
 

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The criminalising of Tibetan culture

Liang Xiaojun, a defense lawyer for Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wangchuk, posted a message on his Twitter account on August 22 relaying the verdict in Tashi’s appeal after he was charged with inciting separatism for seeking broader inclusion of the language in the local curriculum.
 
On May 22, the Yushu Intermediate Court in China’s western Qinghai province, had sentenced him to five years in jail,- and the Qinghai Higher People’s Court found no reason to overrule this.
 

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History is on the side of the Chinese people

Father Michael Kelly SJ
 
When will they ever learn? The best tonic to stir up religious fervour and greater commitment in a totalitarian society is to persecute believers.
 
And its happening again and ferociously in the Peoples Republic of China—most extensively among Muslims in Xinjiang where, reportedly, hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million Uighurs are now in re-education camps to improve their manners.