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World Day of Prayer for China

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

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Wenzhou bishop still held

SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): A particular intention on May 24, the day set aside for the past decade for prayer for the Church in China, was the release of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang.
 
The feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians was designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in his letter to the Catholic people of the mainland in May 2007.
 

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Uneducable priests

HONG KONG (SE): Three priests from the unofficial Church community in Mindong in eastern China were detained on May 6, the same day that the leader of their diocese, Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin, was released after one month in detention.
 

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Italy marks Day of Prayer for China

NAPLES (SE): The Chinese community in Italy has planned a gathering to mark the May 24 World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is scheduled to be held in Naples on the previous Sunday, May 21.
 
Fides reported that the group will gather at the parish of St. Mary of Constantinople at the Museum and people will travel from all over Italy to take part in the day of prayer, which is held annually on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.
 

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...of rough diamonds and cutural vandals

PERTH (SE): “The head of the Chinese delegation expressed high respect for the traditional owners of the land,” a representative of the Chinese Consulate in Perth, Australia, said in describing the manner in which a delegation from his country to a conference hosted by the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, interrupted her as she was introducing an Aboriginal Welcoming to the Land ceremony at the opening session.
 

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Time to take up the cross again

WENZHOU (UCAN): The province of Zhejiang has been through a highly controversial period over the past four years, as Christians have been forced to watch more than 1,700 crosses being removed from Church buildings by government authorities.
 
But now that the secretary of the Communist Party that gave the demolition orders is moving on, some people think that it is time to take up the cross again.
 

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The crime of singing in Church

BEIJING (SE): A Taiwanese pastor was detained for singing the worship song Jesus Loves You in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials have branded as an illegal religious activity.
 
China Aid, which reports on persecution and human rights abuses in the world’s most populous nation, said Pastor Xu Rongzhang, from Taiwan, was detained at Easter, because he led a group of Christians in Zhengzhou in singing the song.
 
Xu was released later the same day, the Christian Post website reported.

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Dicey time for religion in China

HONG KONG (SE): “Everybody is out there… trying to reify that part of life which is not filled by bread alone, by commerce alone,” Orville Schell, the director of the Asia Society Centre on relations between the United States of America and China, said during a panel discussion on religion in China held at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University on May 1.
 

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