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Young people hope to take Taizé spirit back to China

HONG KONG (UCAN): Many participants from mainland China enjoyed the spiritual experience of the Taizé Community’s August 8 to 12 International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong.
 
They said they hoped to share Taizé’s spirit of pursuing unity and reconciliation with other young people.
 
Maria, from Zhejiang province in eastern China, did a month of volunteering in Taizé, France, in August of 2011.
 

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Foreign powers warned to stay out of religion

HONG KONG (UCAN): Parroting the tired old line, Wang Zuo’an, the deputy minister of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), insisted that China’s religious affairs cannot be dominated by any foreign powers.
 

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Officials demolish a third church in Jinan

SHANDONG (UCAN): Qianwang Catholic Church in Huashan town, Jinan, in Shandong province, China, was demolished by authorites on August 13, with more than 170 officials engaged in the action.
 
The church is the third in the Diocese of Jinan to be subjected to the wreckers’ ball. Liangwang Catholic Church was bulldozed on July 17 following the demolition of Shilihe Catholic Church (Sunday Examiner, August 12), however a Catholic source said that the latter would be rebuilt in another location.
 

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Lessons to be learned from Google

Censorship is a word media houses hate to hear. But it is also true that no media in the world can claim to have total editorial freedom. They are all to some extent controlled by one or the other of powers that be. 
 








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For the one who loves, nothing is difficult

 
The 150th death anniversary of CICM founder 
Father Théophile Verbist
 
 








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Priests removed for running summer camp

GANSU (UCAN): Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county and Father Li Shidong Two from the unofficial Church in China’s Gansu province were removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a Bosco Youth Group at the Maijiqu Ganquan Catholic Church in Tianshui Diocese of Leling city of Shandong province. The priests were sent back to their hometowns.
 
The church is one of only two venues used by the unofficial community in the Diocese of Tianshui.
 

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Chinese authorities halt youth summer camps

TIANJIN (UCAN): The Walk with the Lord summer camp for young people in the Diocese of Tianjin in northern China, was forced to close on July 21 by authorities who cited the country’s revised religious regulations, which came into effect in February. Authorities also removed two priests and shut down a youth camp in Tianshui in Shandong province.
 

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Living inside a ‘crevice’ stunts religious growth

Peter Lui
 
A prominent figure within the Catholic Church in China once wrote in one of his books that “seeking to survive within a crevice” is a kind of wisdom for dealing with officially atheist China.
 
Moreover, amid all the commotion caused by recent rumours of an imminent Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops, some figures on the Chinese mainland and overseas who favour such a deal have used the metaphor of living inside an ever-shrinking birdcage.
 

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Another church demolished in Jinan province

Jinan (UCAN): Liangwang Catholic Church was demolished by authorities in Jinan province, China, the second to have suffered from this fate, while a third church is expected to face the wreckers ball soon.
 
Local Catholics prayed at the site and protested the unreasonable behaviour of authorities.
 
Shilihe Catholic Church was demolished earlier this year and sources expect Wangcun Catholic Church to soon be reduced to rubble.
 

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Faulty vaccine scandal sparks outrage in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): Paul, a doctor in China said that revelations that major vaccine makers violated safety standards showed that the country has no moral boundaries, leading people to do whatever they want for their own interests. He quoted a priest in his parish who said: “China’s leaders and bigwigs at all levels have no beliefs and no moral boundaries, so they will do whatever they want.”
 
Public anger has been mounting since the information came to light in July.
 

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