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Strikes as foreign companies pack up

GUANGZHOU (AsiaNews): Thousands of workers at multinational companies have been on strike since November over dissatisfaction with a management decision to sell their facilities to local entrepreneurs.

The tensest situations are at Coca Cola, Danone and Sony. However, Apple, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken are moving in the same direction.

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Celebration of service

XIANXIAN (SE): The parish of St. Francis Xavier in Wuqiao in Xianxian, Hebei province, celebrated the feast of its patron saint on December 3 under the theme of Healing the physical and spiritual health of elderly people by reaching out in love and kindness.

Fides reported that on the day, the parish provided free medical consultations for about 150 people in their sunset years, without prejudice to faith or no faith, in collaboration with the diocesan social service foundation, Heart to Heart.

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Exploiting a fine line

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Church in China and, it has been reported, the Vatican as well are perturbed at the appearance of Bishop Paul Lei Shiyin, who has been declared by the Holy See to have incurred self-inflicted excommunication, at two ordinations of bishops, one on November 30 and the other December 2.

Bishop Lei concelebrated at the ordination Mass of Father Joseph Tang Yuange in Chengdu and Father John Lei Jiapei in Xichang.

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Stiff limits on House Churches

HONG KONG (SE): Protestant Churches in China have vowed to continue to gather despite new rules forbidding “organising others to attend religious events,” Radio Free Asia reported on November 17.

On October 7, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China enacted extremely limiting measures aimed at eliminating worship among unofficial Christian groups, like unregistered House Churches or among Tibetans and Muslim Uyghurs.

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Church in China needs your concern

HONG KONG (SE): Father Bruno Lepeu, from the Holy Spirit Study Centre, reminded a gathering of 100 or so people at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin on November 13 that it is important they learn more about the situation of the Church in China, as right now is a critical time.

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A year on from suspicious death

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Over the last month, many people have remembered Father Pedro Yu (also known as Wei) Heping (peace), around the first anniversary of the day his family was informed that his body had been found.

Father Yu’s body was discovered on November 8 last year in a river near the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi. Police have doggedly continued to treat his death as a suspected suicide, but the many people who knew him do not believe this.

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Holy Doors close around China

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “The Holy Door is closed, but the mercy of the Lord is upon us forever; the proclamation of the Lord’s mercy continues; the door of mercy in our hearts remains open forever; the work of mercy continues,” Fides reported in describing the spirit in which the Church in China ended the Jubilee of Mercy on 13 November.

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China gives Internet one more squeeze

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government is set to adopt a new Cybersecurity Law, which Human Rights Watch described on November 7 as a regressive measure designed to tighten censorship, as well as closer surveillance and other controls over the Internet operations.

As was expected, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed the controversial law during its October 31 to November 7 meeting.

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Tranquil ordination had snags

CHANGZHI (SE): At 8.00am on November 10, Father Peter Ding Lingbin was ordained as the bishop of Changzhi in Shanxi province, in what was described as a tranquil atmosphere.

The 54-year-old newly-ordained bishop came to the priesthood late in life, first having worked as a medical doctor in the local city hospital.

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Illicit bishop rumour mill grinds more rumours

HONG KONG (SE): Reports that Father Paul Dong Guanhua had announced that he had been clandestinely ordained a bishop in the unofficial Church community, without a mandate from the Vatican, have sparked a flow of grievances aired on social media about what may happen at the next round of Vatican-Beijing negotiations where rumour has it an agreement will be made on the appointment of and situation of bishops in China.

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