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New churches in China reflect mature faith

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): In the missionary month of October several mainland parishes consecrated new churches, which local people say reflects a growing maturity in the faith of their communities and the new buildings are an eloquent expression of the lived reality of their lives.

Fides reported that over 1,000 people attended the consecration of a new church dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle in Shagou, in the diocese of Taiyuan, on the eve of mission Sunday, October 20.

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Is Weibo really for the people?

 

HONG KONG (Agencies): While the popular Chinese microblog, Weibo, has been used by people to express religious beliefs and to voice criticisms, even of some local governments, the fact that it is allowed to exist means that the government is using it, probably to monitor the behaviour of local government officials, Forum 18 News Service reported on November 26.

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Where does your bible come from?

HONG KONG (UCAN): Did you ever wonder where your bible is printed? Just out of interest, it may be worth having a look to see if it was done in China, as Greg Clarke, from the Bible Society of Australia, told a visiting delegation of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs that most copies in Australian come from China.

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A history marked by missionary zeal

 

FENGXIANG (SE): Faith and evangelisation were the key words used by Bishop Lucas Li Jing Feng at a Mass celebrating the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese of Fengxiang in the province of Shaanxi on November 17.

Fides reported that the festivities began on the evening of November 17 with prayer, adoration of the blessed sacrament and a procession around the church compound.

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Shandong bishop dies after a mixed innings

Jinan (UCAN): Bishop Samuel Guo Chuanzhen, the retired auxiliary from Jinan, Shandong province, died of a heart attack on November 6 at the age of 94.

The Franciscan bishop, who established a major seminary in the area, had lived in seclusion at the Immaculate Conception Church, the former cathedral, after suffering several strokes since the late 1990s.

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Christians greet new boss in China with caution

Beijing (UCAN): “Communist Party officials often say one thing and do another. We have got accustomed to this,” a bishop from an unofficial Church community in China said following a speech on November 15 by Xi Jinping, the new new general secretary of the Communist Party of China at the climax of its 18th congress in Beijing.

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Call for new China dialogue may fall on deaf ears

Hong Kong (UCAN): Church in China watchers have expressed reservations over the recent plea to Beijing for a resumption of dialogue from Fernando Cardinal Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Sunday Examiner, November 4), fearing that poor timing will see it fall on deaf ears.

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Cardinal Tong expresses cautious optimism on China

 

ROME (UCAN): On November 6, the eve of the Communist Party National Congress which will usher in a once in a decade change of leadership in the world’s most populous country, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told the Vatican Insider that he does not expect too much from the change.

Nevertheless, he said that he remains optimistic that relations between Beijing and the Holy See will improve in the long run.

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Year of Faith opens with a flood of words

 

At the beginning of October, the Church in China joined the universal Church in celebrating the opening of the Year of Faith.

However, there has been a noticeable difference in style compared with the opening of the Year of St. Paul and the Year of the Priests.

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Bad year for religious freedom in Asia

 

ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

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