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Enforced disappearances on the rise in China says human rights agency

Hong Kong (UCAN): Enforced disappearances by the Chinese government’s security agencies have soared as a means of silencing perceived dissent, Human Rights Watch said at a November 10 news conference in Hong Kong.

It claimed that China’s government has failed to address the growing problem and is instead attempting to effectively legalise it through a revision to the country’s Criminal Procedure Law. 

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Priest lights candle of reconciliation 
after being refused entry to China

ROME (SE): One of the founding members of the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, Father Angelo Lazzarotto, who has visited China at least once a year since 1978, was refused entry to the mainland on his last attempt in September this year, Vatican Insider reports.

Now 86-years-old, the priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) lived in Hong Kong from 1956 to 1965 and again from 1979 to 1985.

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Illicitly ordained bishop absents himself from ordinations

Nantong (UCAN): The illicitly ordained bishop of Shantou, Bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhan, was not present at the ordination of five deacons for the priesthood for his diocese on October 27.

The deacons, Chen Zifa, Wang Feijing and Zeng Qingyao were ordained for the diocese, together with two others from Haimen, at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Nantong, eastern Jiangsu province.

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Clerical highjinks attracting website comments

HONG KONG (UCAN): As more Church scandals and challenges surface, an atmosphere of criticism and self-examination has taken shape within the Church in China.

Many Church websites and a few Catholic newspapers have dispensed with their traditional spiritual messages and begun to focus on the disunity and conflict within communities, encouraging people to face up to the ugly realities that confront them and search for a resolution.

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Resisting bishop suspended from top jobs

LIAONING (UCAN): Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of the official Church community in Liaoning has been suspended as vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and as president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association after refusing to attend the illicit ordination of Father Joseph Huang Bingzhang in Shantou on July 14.

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Acknowledging those in their sunset years

BEIJING (Agencies): “The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him. Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult” (Proverbs 23.24-25).

The mainland Catholic community not only has always lived the traditional Chinese celebration for those advanced in years, but has enriched it with Christian values. 

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Intellectuals Association gathers in Zhejiang for annual meeting

ZHEJIANG (UCAN): The Catholic Intellectuals Association of Zhejiang province held its annual meeting in Wenzhou diocese with a tea party and parish exchange visit from October 7 to 9.

Father Zheng Jiamao, of Hangzhou, who is the head of the association, welcomed the 68 participants from four dioceses in the province and expressed his thanks to Wenzhou for providing the venue.

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Our Lady of Mongolia gives a boost to Church and tourism

BAOTOU (Agencies): The largest and the most beautiful square in the inner Mongolian steppe, in the diocese of Baotou, was opened and dedicated to the Virgin Mary on September 15.

Over three thousand people attended the blessing of the square and an 8.42-metre high statue depicting Our Lady of Mongolia that stands in the centre. At the ceremony a Mass was offered by bishops from Hohhot, Jining and Bayanur Meng, and concelebrated by about 30 priests.

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A 100-year-old treasure continues to inspire

HONGTONG (UCAN): An old Chinese adage holds that an elderly person at home is a family treasure. At the age of 100, Father Michael Li Minghan, from the diocese of Hongtong, has proven to be of immense value to many of the young priests and people in his neighbourhood.

They turned out in big numbers on September 29 to celebrate his life and contribution to the Church during his 60 years as a priest.

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The Calvary of East welcomes thousands

MEIXIAN (Agencies): Undeterred by pouring rain, thousands of people from all over China visited the Sanctuary of the Cross on Mt. Pao Wo, commonly known as the Calvary of the East, in the district of Mei Zhou, in the Zhi Xian diocese, Shaanxi, on September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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