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New Shanghai bishop a breath of fresh air

SHANGHAI (UCAN): The ordination of Father Joseph Ma Daqin as a bishop in Shanghai on July 7 breathed a sense of hope into the beleaguered Catholic community on the mainland.

Vatican Insider reported that in taking a public stand against the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association a new sense of hope and life was engendered among the 1,200 or so people crammed into St. Ignatius Cathedral.

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Congregation shocked as new bishop quits Patriotic Association

SHANGHAI (Agencies): “After today’s ordination, I will devote all my efforts to my work as a bishop,” the newly ordained bishop, Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin, told a packed St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai on July 7.

“It is inconvenient for me to serve in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association anymore,” the serving vice chairperson of the Shanghai branch of the government department that controls Church affairs announced to the thunderous applause from the packed church.

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Obscuring the lines between legitimate and illegitimate bishops

HONG KONG (SE): Events surrounding two episcopal ordinations, which were postponed from June 29 to July 6 and 7, reflect that the authorities in China seem bent on destroying the distinction between illegitimate and legitimate bishops.

Forty-eight-year-old Father Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained without a papal mandate as the bishop of Harbin on July 6 and Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai, with the pope’s blessing, on the following day.

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China interprets Vatican Council as supporting its independent Church

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government bodies responsible for Church affairs claimed that the Second Vatican Council laid the groundwork for an independent Church in China at a two-day symposium organised in Beijing in late June to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the landmark council.

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Bishops’ ordination postponed but illicit bishop ordains priests

 

HONG KONG (SE): Whether it be through prayer and fasting or political maneuvering, the people of Harbin in China were successful in their bid to avert the scheduled June 29 illicit ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as their bishop.

However, whether their initial success is permanent or temporary has yet to be seen, as a second ordination set for the same day of Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin, as a bishop in Shanghai, was also put off at short notice.

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Russian Orthodox want to firm up presence in China

KHABAROVSK (Agencies): “We’re holding a rather difficult dialogue to normalise the position of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church,” the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion, from Volokolamsk in Russia, said during a visit to Khabarovsk Theological Seminary, just 30 kilometres from the Chinese border.

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Memories of the Great Famine precious to those who starved

HONG KONG (SE): The Great Leap Forward campaign, instigated by Mao Zedong, was aimed at launching China into a communist utopia, but ended in famine and the deaths of tens of millions of people, a disaster which Peter Ford, writing in the Christian Science Monitor on June 7, says Beijing is still reluctant to acknowledge.

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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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