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World Council of Churches meets in Nanjing

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church in China... presents four characteristics: independent and autonomous, post-denominational, fast growing and faced with lots of challenges and emerging difficulties,” Ecumenical News International quoted Reverend Gao Feng, president of the China Christian Council, as saying on June 14.

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China needs to act on human rights not talk about them

HONG KONG (UCAN): The government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing published its second action plan on human rights during the week running up to June 22, but the newly-released document does not raise many expectations in terms of addressing what have become repeated abuses of people’s rights across the country.

Patrick Poon, from the Justice and Peace Commission, explained that the plan only touches lightly on the bogey issue of freedom of speech.

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Court finds priest guilty of murder

Bei’an (UCAN): A court in Heilongjiang province has sentenced a local priest to 15 years in prison for the murder of the ex-husband of a parishioner last year.

Father Shang Kanfa was arrested last year after an altercation with a man who came to the construction site of the new Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church in Hailun city looking for his ex-wife and armed with a screwdriver (Sunday Examiner, 11 September 2011).

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Cardinal Zen speaks of a weakened Church in China

VICENZA (UCAN): The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the Vatican has adopted a new course in its relations with the Chinese government and the state-sponsored official Church.

Speaking in Vicenza, Italy, he said, “I think the Holy See now has decided to tackle the real problem, and that is the (Chinese Catholic) Patriotic Association,” Cardinal Zen said.

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A watershed for Christianity in China

WEST LAFAYETTE (SE): “1989 was a watershed year for conversions to Christianity in China,” said Yang Fenggang, a professor from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the United States of America, on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.

He explained that many of the people involved in Tiananmen have become Christians in the ensuing years, calling it a quiet spiritual revolution.

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Former Norwegian prime minister refused visa to China

BEIJING (UCAN): The former prime minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, was refused a visa to visit China for a June 18 to 23 meeting of the World Council of Churches, but on June 13, authorities in Beijing downplayed the significance of their refusal, although many believe that it is in retaliation for the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize to Liu Xiabo.

Norwaynews.com reported that he is the only one of 30 delegates to be denied a visa for the event.

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Chilly relations freeze up as Ice City looks towards an illicit ordination

HONG KONG (SE): The slated ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as a bishop in Harbin, China, has been described as the ordination that nobody wants by the secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, in an extensive interview with the Rome-based news agency, AsiaNews.

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Call to free Tiananmen survivors from Washington

BEIJING (Agencies):  A spokesperson for the United States of America State Department, Mark Toner, called on Beijing to “release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.”

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VatiLeaks spill the beans on China

HONG KONG (UCAN): What began as a leaky tub in the Vatican security several months ago has turned into a running sieve with the publication of a book in Italy by journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, detailing, among other things, confidential memos sent from the Vatican Study Centre in Hong Kong containing particulars about payments made by government authorities in China to bishops, priests and sisters.

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Ordinations mark a new spring

SHAOGUAN (Agencies): “Spring has arrived for the Church in Shaoguan,” a priest from Guangzhou diocese said at the May 24 World Day of Prayer for China celebration, which was marked by the first ordinations in the parish since 1949.

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