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Cardinal Zen vents ire over firing of Bishop Ma

 

HONG KONG (SE) : The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in an entry on his blog that the recent move to strip the newly ordained auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai  of his mitre and crosier by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China is probably just a cover for the real culprits.

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Bishop Ma reflects on isolation

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin marked 100 days of confinement at Sheshan Seminary on November 3 with a reflective posting on his blogsite, later published by AsiaNews.

He recalls that his father had resisted him when he said that he wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest, because he, his younger brother and his father had all been put in prison by the communist authorities for their Catholic faith during the 1950s.

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Bishop Ma stripped of mitre and crosier

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was stripped of his mitre and crosier at a two-day standing committee meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, which concluded in Beijing on December 12.

Bishop Ma incurred the wrath of Beijing when he publicly announced his resignation from the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association at his ordination as an auxiliary bishop of Shanghai on July 7.

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Interfaith dialogue vital for China

 

ROME (Agencies): “Interfaith dialogue is something that China, which will have the world’s largest Christian population in 20 years, lives with every day,” theologian, Harvey Cox, said at a book launch at the Gregorian University in Rome on November 30, in launching Catholic Engagement with World Religions: A Comprehensive Study in dialogue with its two editors, Karl Josef Cardinal Becker, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Ilaria Morali, from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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Russian Orthodox celebrate 300 years in China

 

HONG KONG (SE): The Russian Orthodox Mission in China commemorated its 300th anniversary of mission to the Middle Kingdom on December 6 and 7, beginning with an early morning Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Ss. Peter and Paul parish in Hong Kong, presided over by Bishop Ephraim, from Bikin, the provost of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary in Russia.

Orthodox.cn reported that this was the first hierarchal service in Hong Kong since a visit to the parish by Bishop Yuvenaly of Zaraisk in 1968.

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Running for the life of charity

 

BEIJING (SE): “Come on sisters, run for the charitable outreach of the Church,” a loud voice cried from the sidelines of the Beijing International Marathon on November 27, as 80 sisters took to the streets with 30,000 other contestants to raise awareness of the beauty of reaching out to those in need.

Fides reported that the sisters came from 16 provinces and advertised 30 different charities during the gruelling run.

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Now my name is Ting

 

CANGZHOU (SE): The diocese of Xianxian (Cangzhou) in Hebei province, received a group of relatives of Father Ting Ming-Cheng, as the Jesuit missionary, Father Ghestin Anatole, is known to local people.

The French missionary devoted 53 years of his life to the mission in China, mostly in the Hebei area. Local people regarded the visit from his relatives as a great honour, as the priest’s memory is still very much alive. 

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Never too late to suggest dialogue Cardinal Tong says

 

ROME (SE): “However oppressive external restrictions are, they cannot corrupt or take away the gift of faith, if there is faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told Gianni Valente from Vatican Insider.

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A history marked by missionary zeal

FENGXIANG (SE): Faith and evangelisation were the key words used by Bishop Lucas Li Jing Feng at a Mass celebrating the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese of Fengxiang in the province of Shaanxi on November 17.

Fides reported that the festivities began on the evening of November 17 with prayer, adoration of the blessed sacrament and a procession around the church compound.

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New churches in China reflect mature faith

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): In the missionary month of October several mainland parishes consecrated new churches, which local people say reflects a growing maturity in the faith of their communities and the new buildings are an eloquent expression of the lived reality of their lives.

Fides reported that over 1,000 people attended the consecration of a new church dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle in Shagou, in the diocese of Taiyuan, on the eve of mission Sunday, October 20.

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