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Honorary doctorate for Archbishop Hon

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan, conferred an honorary doctorate on the Hong Kong-born secretary to the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, on Decmeber 1.

“This doctorate,” Archbishop Hon said, “makes me even more united with the Holy See in promoting the progress of culture and integrate Christian culture and Chinese culture.”

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Questions arise about new bishop in China

HONG KONG (SE): The presence of an illicitly ordained bishop, Father Lei Shinyin, as one of the three ordaining bishops at the episcopal ordination of Father Peter Luo Xuegang in St. Mary’s church in Yibin, Sichuan, on November 30, has prompted a concerted reaction from Chinese Catholics on the Internet.

A comment was posted on the CathNewsChina website describing it as a calculated move from Beijing in retaliation for talk of excommunication from Rome for two illicitly ordained bishops this year.

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Presence of illegitimate bishop casts shadow over new coadjutor in Yibin

 

HONG KONG (SE): Father Peter Luo Xuegang was ordained as the coadjutor bishop of Yibin diocese in Sichuan, China, on November 30, amidst controversy, tight security and intense scrutiny from China Church watchers all over the world.

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Tracing liturgical development in China

HONG KONG (SE): Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei province in mainland China, hosted a Forum on Liturgy and Inculturation organised by the Faith Institute for Cultural Studies from November 16 to 18, for around 80 laypeople, bishops, priests, religious and academics, as well as leaders of 10 major seminaries.

The seminar retraced the last 20 years of development and formation in the liturgy, as well as the way in which it has been inculturated in the Church in China.

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Church media gets lesson in friending and favouriting

HUALIEN (SE): “It would be difficult to suggest that Christ’s command was being obeyed unless all the opportunities offered by the modern media to extend to vast numbers of people the announcement of his good news were being used,” Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal, the chairperson of the Office of Social Communications for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences told a meeting in Hualien, Taiwan, at the beginning of a November 14 to 19 meeting.

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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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