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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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Metro accident in Shanghai prompts questions of care

HANGHAI (AsiaNews) : A collision between two suburban trains in the underground metro complex of Shanghai in which 245 people were injured, has sparked new interest in the tragic collision between two super-speed trains in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which resulted in 40 deaths.

The Shanghai metro company says that the incident was caused by a signal malfunction, causing one train to run into the back of a stationary one. The disaster at Wenzhou also occurred due to the non-functioning of the signalling system.

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Hu Jintao tells Pyongyang to give up on nuclear ambitions

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The president of China, Hu Jintao, delivered an ultimatum to the prime minister of the hermit kingdom of North Korea, Choe Yong-rim, saying his government will support his country, but only if it is truly committed détente on the peninsula and the path towards a gradual denuclearisation.

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Floods in China leave severe hardship in wake

QUXIAN (UCAN): Although media in China have been quiet on the extent and seriousness of floods that ravaged much of Sichuan during September, the damage to crops is expected to produce a tough winter for millions of people, as the rising water made it impossible to harvest or protect property and valuables.

A report from the Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the flooding that hit parts of central, southwest and northwest China has left 90 people dead and 22 missing.

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Putting cultural values under undue duress

BEIJING (AsiaNews): On the morning of September 4 in the boomtown of Wuhan, China, an 88-year-old man fell in the street injuring his nose. Dozens, maybe hundreds of people passed him by, but no one raised a hand to help as he lay on the ground.

It was not until his relatives arrived an hour-and-a-half later that he was taken to hospital.

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Sprinkling ashes of dead not acceptable?

TAIPEI (UCAN): An Asia-wide liturgy forum scheduled for October is expected to take up the issue of acceptable forms of Catholic funerals, following a decision reached in August that spreading the ashes of a deceased person conflicts with acceptable funeral rites in the Catholic Church.

The 15th Asian Liturgy Forum is to be held in Taipei from October 17, with 60 liturgists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand are expected to attend the five-day event.

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Cold Christmas ahead as funding for new church dries up

Hailun (UCAN): The people of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Hailun city, northeastern Heilongjiang province, may have to celebrate Christmas Mass outdoors this year as funds for the building of a new church have dried up. Acting parish priest, Father Dou Chuanguo, said that fund-raising efforts have come to a halt since the parish priest, Father Shang Kanfa, was arrested after a screwdriver-wielding man died in a heated scuffle on August 26 (Sunday Examiner, September 11). 

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Regional seminary in Shanxi suspends classes

FENYANG (UCAN): The Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, northern China, did not re-open for the academic year beginning in September, due to a controversy over the dismissal of its rector.

Convening a board meeting on June 18, Bishop John Huo Cheng, from Fenyang, the chairperson of the board of directors, announced the decision to dismiss the seminary rector, Father Anthony Chang Tongxi, and begin the summer break with immediate effect.

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