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Chinese media fair on pope

ROME (Agencies): The treatment of Pope Francis during the first months of his pontificate by the Chinese media was described as honest and objective, by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon.

He told Gerard O’Connell from the Vatican Insider on August 10 that while this may seem a little unusual, he is of the opinion that reporting to date has been neutral.

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Human rights confab between United States and China

KUNMING (SE): The United States of America (US) and officials from the Chinese government sat down to discuss the sensitive topic of human rights during talks beginning on July 23 in Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Washington and Beijing agreed earlier in July to hold the two-day US-China Human Rights Dialogue on Chinese soil.

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Priest detained in Hebei province

HONG KONG (SE): Police are reported to have detained Father Song Wanjun on August 10, a priest of the unofficial Church community in Hebei, China.

It was reported that he was driving a car at 4.00am in Xiwanzi, when a group of police officers from Qiaodong District took him away to an unknown place.

Father Song is 39-years-old and was ordained a priest 11 years ago. 

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Police detain at least 34 Christians in Beijing

Beijing (AsiaNews): Around 34 members of an unofficial Protestant community in Beijing, the Shouwang Church, were detained by police before or after Sunday services on July 21. 

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What’s in a dream?

HONG KONG (SE): A spirit of reform and innovation has become the mantra of China’s president and general secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, but eight months into the job, how he wants to get there is not clear, Peter Ford writes in the July 26 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

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Shanghai’s city of the doomed is doomed

SHANGHAI (UCAN): “I will throw you into Tilanqiao if you don’t behave yourself,” have been words that every child in Shanghai has dreaded hearing over the past 110 years, since the infamous Tilanqiao Prison, also known as the city of the doomed, was opened in 1903.

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China and Vietnam boost online control

HONG KONG (SE): Governments in both China and Vietnam are moving to place tighter control over the content of postings on the Internet.

China is doing it through technological monitoring and Vietnam by law, banning bloggers and people using social media from sharing news stories online.

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Embracing Vatican II in Taiyuan

TAIYUAN (SE): More than 1,000 people in the diocese of Taiyuan in China have been taking part in a special study on the Vatican II documents The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, The Constitution of the Church in the Modern World and The Decree on Ecumenism.

Bishop Paul Meng Ningyou said at a July 13 gathering that he wants his diocese to embrace the spirit of the Second Vatican Council in order to help people to give a meaningful witness to the faith in their lives.

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Church calls young people together for summer camps

Shijiazhuang (SE): As schools and universities in China move into the summer vacation, the Church is moving into summer camp mode, which has become a traditional way of giving young people and students an opportunity to experience aspects of their faith together in an environment that offers community reflection as well as guidance.

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Landslides and weather hamper rescue efforts after earthquake

Lanzhou (Agencies): At least 89 people were killed and 800 others injured on the morning of July 22 when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck near the city of Dingxi, Gansu province in northwestern China.

The earthquake bureau reported that over 1,200 buildings collapsed and more than 21,000 severely damaged in and around the city. 

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