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Catholic congress an advance or window dressing?

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which concluded in Beijing on December 29, oversaw the appointment of office holders in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, as well as amending the constitutions of the two government-sanctioned Church bodies.

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Chinese Muslim website blocked

HONG KONG (Agencies): One of China’s most popular online communities for Muslims has been shut down after posting a petition asking the president, Xi Jinping, to stop his brutal suppression of human rights advocates.

The students who wrote the petition told Agence France Presse on December 14 that they demanded the immediate release of advocates still held by the state.

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No party criticism please

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The prestigious Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, considered one of the most liberal hollows of expression in China, has issued directives forbidding the faculty to utter any critical word against the constitution or any of the leaders in the Chinese Communist Party in the classroom.

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New Year with Xi Jinping

BEIJING (SE): Standing before a mural of the Great Wall for his end of year address on December 31, the president of China, Xi Jinping, said his administration had resolutely defended its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights during the past year.

“If anyone makes this an issue of question, the Chinese people will never agree!” he said in a noticeably higher pitch than the rest of his 10-minute address.

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A great disaster of an unnatural kind

The Four Books by Chinese writer, Yan Lianke, winner of the Franz Kafka Prize, was published in Hong Kong by Mingpao Press in 2010. The book, like many of the author’s titles, is banned on the mainland.








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Chinese bishop afforded state funeral

BEIJING (SE): An outspoken supporter of the Communist Party, the 98-year-old Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua, from the diocese of Puqi in Hebei province, who died on January 4, was afforded the honour of a state funeral at Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing on January 10.

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Xi who must be obeyed

BANGKOK (SE): “From Trump to an ailing economy, the Chinese president will need to navigate through many unknowns,” a commentator on China and Church affairs in the country, Michael Sainsbury, says in an article posted on the UCAN website on December 21.

Sainsbury says that at least on the surface, 2016 was a good year for the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, if looked at from his point of view.

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One of first illicitly ordained bishops dies

BEIJING (AsiaNews): One of the first of eight priests to be ordained a bishop illicitly under the self-elect, self-determination principle of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in the late 1950s, Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua, died on the morning of January 4 in Beijing at the age of 98.

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Catholic congress ends with a bit of official pomp and cute diplomacy

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth National Congress of Catholic Representatives was doused with a bit of official pomp when Yu Zhengsheng, the chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a high ranking leader in the Communist Party, met with delegates in the plush surrounds of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at its conclusion on December 29.

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Catholic Congress kicks off

BEIJING (UCAN): The Ninth National Congress of Catholic Representatives opened in Beijing on December 27 with the chairperson of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, Bishop Johan Fang Xinguao, saying that the Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China have united people under the banner of love for country and Church, as well as promoted the Sinicisation of theology.

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