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Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply from Beijing

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): A bishop and some priests from mainland China have told Fernando Cardinal Filoni not to hold his breath waiting for a reply to his impassioned appeal to Beijing to open a dialogue with the Vatican.

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Synod says Chinese bishop was there in spirit

 

VATICAN (SE): The Synod of Bishops has assured its lone voice from China that his spiritual presence was felt at the gathering despite his physical absence.

Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxiang, wrote a letter that was read out to the synod, in which he presented the Church in China as a model of fidelity and devotion despite 50 years of persecution, contrasting it with the tepidness of Catholic people in Europe and in the west, UCA News reported.

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Resurrecting a key player in 
Chinese Rites Controversy

 

CASTORANO (AsiaNews): A conference was held to study the role played by Father Carlo Orazi, one of the key figures in the Chinese Rites Controversy of the early 18th century, in Castorano, Italy, from October 26 to 27.

Father Orazi was a Franciscan, who was sent to China by what is known today as the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) in 1700. He was to remain in Beijing for 32 years.

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Is Nobel Prize promoting censorship?

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): Not all Chinese people share the same taste as the Nobel Prize Committee. This was highlighted on October 13 when Mo Yan was announced as this year’s Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Mo, a pseudonym which translates as “don’t speak,” has been roundly criticised by mainland people for failing to support other Chinese writers who have been subjected to censorship by the government.

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Tight lid on Bishop Su after 15 years prison

 

ROME (AsiaNews): For 15 years the bishop of the unofficial Catholic community in Baoding, Hebei province, Bishop James Su Zhimin, has been held in police custody at an unknown location without any contact with the outside world.

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Bishop Ma chalks up 100 days out of public eye

 

SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): After chalking up 100 days of forced rest and recreation, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daquin has published segments from his dairy, penned during his virtual confinement at Sheshan Seminary, since he publicly quit his post in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association when he was ordained a bishop in Shanghai on July 7.

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Mainland welcomes Year of Faith

 

BEIJING (SE): The opening of the Year of Faith in Catholic communities on the mainland has been marked with reflections on the martyrs of the past and the work done by missionaries in the founding of the Church in the country.

The diocese of Taiyuan marked the occasion with a Mass attended by over 2,000 people celebrated by Bishop Paulo Meng Ningyou and about 50 concelebrants on October 14, Fides reported.

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Cardinal Filoni in heartfelt appeal for dialogue

 

HONG KONG (SE): The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and former head of the Vatican China study mission in Hong Kong, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, has broken a silence on China that he has kept almost completely intact since Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Tai-fai became secretary to the congregation nearly two years ago.

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Maryknoll Sisters celebrate the living heritage of 100 years of mission

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Thank you for believing in us and thank you to those who have picked up the mantle and run with it,” said Sister Sue Glass in welcoming people to a Mass celebrated at St. Teresa’s in Kowloon to mark the centennial of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic.

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China’s lone voice at synod not enough

 

VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an intervention by letter.

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