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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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Bishop calls for transparency over China-backed dam

MANDALAY (UCAN): Bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam of Banmaw in Kachin State has asked Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to inform the public about the status of the China-backed Myitsone Dam project, following reports of increased Chinese pressure to restart it. The $29.8 billion project was suspended in September 2011.
 
“It is the right time to inform the public because a lack of transparency from the government is worrying the people,” Bishop Gam, an ethnic Kachin, said.
 

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Chinese authorities release bishop and priests over Lunar New Year

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Augustine Cui Tai, coadjutor of the Diocese of Xuanhua, Hebei, along with Father Su Guipeng and Father Zhao He, all members of the unofficial Church, were able to go home for the Lunar New Year.
 
They had been under detention since last year.
 
Bishop Cui had not been seen since mid-April last year and his whereabouts were unknown.
 

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Lack of faith and corruption in China Church

John Lo
 
Chinese government officials often make headlines for engaging in graft, or suspected graft, but it seems that Church superiors are also susceptible to corruption on a potentially alarming scale.
 








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Bishop skips retirement Mass

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Zhuang Jianjian from the unofficial Church in Shantou did not attend his own retirement Mass after not agreeing to retire.
 
The 88-year-old bishop attended a retirement ceremony held by the Diocese of Shantou but said he did not attend a Mass celebrated by his replacement, Bishop Huang Bingzhang, who was excommunicated until he was accepted by Pope Francis following the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops was signed last September.
 

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China wants pound of flesh for Myanmar’s diplomatic shield

While Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has a strained relationship with the west over its handling of the Rohingya crisis, China has shielded the country from international pressure and punitive action from the United Nations Security Council.
 
However, in exchange for its diplomatic protection, Beijing is now pressing Myanmar to revive the Myitsone Dam project, which has been suspended for seven years.
 

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