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A Church in need of support

HONG KONG (SE): In a call to the universal Church to give its support in any way it can, Father Sergio Ticozzi says that a recent visit to the mainland has left him quite rattled at seeing the difficulties that Catholic people are facing in their everyday faith lives.
 

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Chinese translation of St. Faustina’s life

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lam Kit-ping has translated the biography of St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland into Chinese in the hope of spreading her message of mercy throughout mainland China.
 
Lam lives in Hong Kong and is a member of the Secular Institute Ancelle Mater Misericodiae. She worked on the translation in conjunction with people in Taiwan.
 
She said that she was moved by the biographies of Pope John Paul II and St. Faustina and since then has made annual pilgrimages to Poland where the two were born.

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Restrictions in Xinjiang tighten

HONG KONG (SE): Persecution in the Xinjiang area of China of the tiny group of Muslim Kyrgyz people has reached a new level with re-education centres being opened for those who violate religious laws.
 
Radio Free Asia reported on August 23 that the small group is facing similar restrictions as the majority Uyghur people.
 

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The censorship polemic

HONG KONG (SE): After the Cambridge University Press confirmed publicly that it had received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from The China Quarterly within China, it said on August 18 that it would comply for the sake of being able to make the bulk of its material available (Sunday Examiner, August 27), but would not change its editorial line to appease China.
 

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The unequal funerals

HONG KONG (UCAN): A rushed and hidden burial for the bishop of Urumqi in China’s volatile Xinjiang province and an expansive public ceremony for the bishop of Taiyuan in Shanxi province tell the story of two unequal funerals carried out during August that reflect the difference in attitude of the state authorities towards the official and unofficial Church communities.
 

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Censor’s knife cuts deep into academe

CAMBRIDGE (SE): “We can confirm that we received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from The China Quarterly within China. We complied with this initial request to remove individual articles, to ensure that other academic and educational materials we publish remain available to researchers and educators in this market,” a press release from Cambridge University Press published on August 18 says.
 

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Uyghur people kicked out of Egypt have vanished

HONG KONG (UCAN): At least 12 Uyghur students in Egypt were arrested and deported back to China last month in a demonstration of how far-reaching China’s arm is when it comes to keeping a grip on the beleaguered Muslim minority.
 
Since July, it has been reported that 150 Uyghur students in Egypt were rounded up and told there were some irregularities with their residency papers.
 

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Colonisation by language

URUMQI (SE): The use of the Uyghur language in schools in the Xinjiang region of China has been banned by the government and an official announcement says that those violating the order will face severe punishment.
 
The ban is being seen as one of the strongest repressive measures yet imposed by Beijing to try and assimilate ethnic Muslim Uyghurs.
 

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Seeking a fuller picture of China’s missionary history

HONG KONG (UCAN): An academic conference on the missionary history of the Paris Foreign Mission Society was described as filling a few gaps in the modern understanding of the development of the Catholic Church over the centuries in China.
 

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Who are the kite runners?

HONG KONG (SE): After several reports appeared recently pointing to hiccups in the current round of talks taking place between the Holy See and Beijing, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, admitted in his diplomatic way that things are rocky, saying that new challenges had been presented.
 

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