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Superstition and corruption may have a deep connection

HONG KONG (SE): There is a growing fear in mainland China that officials of the Communist Party are betraying the public interest by embracing religion, but what seems to be feared more is superstitious belief, the China Daily reported on October 9.

Media reports have exposed several officials accused of corruption who have based their decisions on the advice of fortune-tellers or readers of horoscopes.

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Churches encouraged 
to develop independence

BEIJING (SE): At a high level meeting in Beijing held on September 9, Yu Zhengsheng, a top political adviser to the Chinese government, met with delegates to the Ninth National Chinese Christian Congress to congratulate them on electing a new leadership team, Xinhua reported.

The congress is regarded by Beijing as the top religious authority in the country.

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Seminary in Xingtai has record intake

XINGTAI (SE): Father Zhang Jican, the rector of the seminary in Xingtai in Hebei province of mainland China, has set his sights on developing a spirituality centred on the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation among his students preparing of priesthood.

He told the 70 seminarians enrolled at the institute at the opening of the new academic year on September 1 that the two sacraments would become the focus of life on campus, Fides reported.

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Three ordained to the priesthood in Lanzhou

LANZHOU (SE): “We have three new priests under the cross of Christ,” Bishop Joseph Han Zhihai, from Lanzhou, in the province of Gansu in mainland China, said in welcoming the newly-ordained on September 15.

Bishop Han ordained three deacons to the priesthood from the major seminary in Xi’an. Fides reported that over 1,800 people attended the ordination ceremony in the cathedral at Lanzhou at a Mass concelebrated by around 40 priests.

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Torture trial puts rule of law on trial

 BEIJING (AsiaNews): Six Communist Party officials went on trial in Beijing on September 17 to answer charges of torturing a man to death during an internal investigation.

The trial has brought a practice known as shuanggui, a form of extra-legal detention imposed on party officials under investigation for disciplinary violations, out into the open.

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Festivals can make a home sweet home and a sweet Church sweeter

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Since 2003, the year I began my journey to follow my priestly vocation, I have not had the opportunity to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with my parents.

This festival of the full-moon is one of the traditional Chinese celebrations that call for families to come together for a reunion, as well as eat together in thanksgiving for what they have received.








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Talking faith in art

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “To communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art,” Pope John Paul II wrote in a letter to artists in 1999.

It has also been used over the centuries as a form of catechesis and in China, the famed Jesuit missionary of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Father Matteo Ricci, used both painting and cartography to convey his message.

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Trouble burying bishops

WUZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Benedict Cai Xiufeng died on 20 August 2007, which this year coincided with the end of what is known in China as Ghost Month, a time when tradition has it that ghosts and wild spirits revisit the earth.

However, the ghost of the late bishop of Wuzhou in Guangxi province still haunts his diocese for a different reason, as the people have never had the chance to give a proper burial and farewell to the much loved bishop.

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China’s creeping media influence

TAIPEI (SE) : China could influence Taiwan by getting its hands on media organisations, as it did in Hong Kong and Macau, journalists from Taiwan and China’s two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau warned during a conference hosted by the Association of Taiwan Journalists in Taipei on August 31.

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New Vatican secretary of state sparks high hopes in China

Since midnight on September 1, I have been receiving messages, reports, stories and analyses from friends at home and abroad, excited about the naming of Archbishop Pietro Parolin as the new Vatican Secretary of State by Pope Francis.

My first reaction too was positive—a new pope and a new secretary of state, a new Chinese leader, a new collective leadership; perhaps this is the beginning of a new era for the two sides.

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