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China can learn from the Vatican about managing Hong Kong

Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping came into their present roles within a day of each other in 2013—the pope was elected on March 13 and Xi became president on March 14. However, they have followed completely different paths in governing immense and cumbersome entities—the People’s Republic of China and the universal Church.
 








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Old Qur’ans confiscated in Xinjiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government officials in the Xinjiang region of China are confiscating all copies of the Qur’an that were published more than five years ago for fear that they may contain extremist content.
 
The move is being described as part of an ongoing campaign against illegal religious items in the possession of the majority Muslim Uyghur people.
 

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The whereabouts of Wenzhou bishop remain a mystery

WENZHOU (SE): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin is still being held at an unknown location after he was told to report to police in the city of Wenzhou on May 18.
 
This is regarded as an extraordinarily long detention by parishioners in Wenzhou.
 

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Beijing can’t be challenged Hong Kong told

HONG KONG (UCAN): The one country, two systems principle has always been problematic, variously described as a straight out contradiction or an abstract concept.
 
But on May 27, when Zhang Dejiang, the coordinator of the National People’s Congress, warned Hong Kong not to confront the central government, the project officer for the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, went even further, calling the principle empty words.
 

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Bit of Catholic television coming to China

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The third season of a weekly television show on Pope Francis called Oh my God ended in a great fundraising dinner put on by its producer, the Kuangchi Programme Service, with more than 1,000 donors, the best event of its kind in the recent history of the diocese of Taipei.
 

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New online Chinese Christianity Collection

BEIJING (SE): The Kingdom Business College in Beijing teamed up with Globethics.net in Geneva, Switzerland, to launch the Online Chinese Christianity Collection on May 15.
 
A press release from its Beijing office says that it is the largest Online Collection on Chinese Christianity anywhere in the world.
 

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Power cut for refusing surveillance cameras

HONG KONG (SE): Two parishes in the coastal province of Zhejiang in China discovered that the electricity to the Church compound had been cut off after they had refused to install security cameras.
 
Suddenly, it appears the two buildings have become fire hazards, as immediately after their refusal they were issued with a notice from the fire department saying that the buildings are dangerous when full of people.
 

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Anything was possible for Uncle Jerry

TAIPEI (SE): Uncle Jerry, a group from the team of the People’s Republic of China called out when they saw the face of Father Jerry Martinson in a shopping mall in San Diego during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984.
 
A well-known face across China from his long-running bilingual television series screened across both Taiwan and China, in which as Uncle Jerry he shared his insights with children learning English, had made him a celebrity in both places.
 

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