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China’s lone voice at synod not enough

 

VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an intervention by letter.

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Top agriculture accolade for Wen Jiabao

Beijing (UCAN): On October 2, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) awarded the Agricola Medal, its highest recognition, to China’s premier, Wen Jiabao, for his dedication in promoting food security and poverty reduction in China and around the world.

He was presented with the medal by the general director, Jose Graziano da Silva, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. 

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Messages of support flood in for detained Shanghai bishop

Rome (UCAN): An Italian Catholic magazine has collected dozens of messages of support for Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, who has been barred from ministry and not been seen in public since his ordination on July 7, when he announced his intention to quit his position in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

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Apology for murder of Dutch missionaries in Nanking

THE HAGUE (SE): On October 14, Father Francis Masakatsu Fukamizu is scheduled to make a formal apology on behalf of the Japan Bishops’ Conference for the murder of Dutch Bishop Frans Schraven and eight of his companions by troops from the Japanese Imperial Army during the infamous Rape of Nanking (Nanjing) 75 years ago.

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Sisters and priests in Shanghai subjected to reeducation classes

SHANGHAI (UCAN): All priests and sisters in Shanghai diocese have been forced to attend study classes, which observers believe have been imposed by the authorities in the aftermath of the announcement made by Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin that he would resign from his post in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association at his ordination on July 7.

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Tianjin marks centenary with four part celebration

TIANJIN (SE): A concert held on September 22 marked the culmination of the third season of the year-long centennial celebration, or the season of life that ran from July to September, as part of the centenary celebrations of the diocese of Tianjin, China, under the title of One Hundred Years of Grace.

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New overseer of religious affairs

BEIJING (UCAN): The Central Committee of the Communist Party named 56-year-old Ling Jihua the new head of the United Front Work Department in Beijing, China, on September 1.

His appointment is of particular interest for the Catholic Church, as part of the brief of the United Front is to oversee religious affairs on the mainland.

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Inspirer of House Churches dies

BEIJING (SE): A man recognised as one of the most significant leaders in the House Church movement in China, Sun Yi-yin, also known Freddie Sun, died of cancer at the age of 76, BosNewsLife reported on August 23.

Bon Finley, the founder of the Christian Aid Mission in the United States of America, described the university professor as a devoted Christian who leaves behind 154 bible institutes and missionary training centres that he helped to set up from 1992 onwards.

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Call for United Nations investigation of Li’s suicide

HONG KONG (UCAN): A dozen civil society groups, together with former and current legislators in Hong Kong appealed for a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur to be appointed to investigate what they termed the suspicious circumstances surrounding the official finding of suicide as the cause of death of mainland labour rights advocate, Li Wangyang.

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Bishop pushes the Year of Faith in China

FENGXIANG (Agencies): The 90-year-old Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxian in Shaanxi province, published a pastoral letter entitled, Reflection on the Year of Faith, on August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

Fides reports that the bishop makes 22 points to help people to prepare for the year with suggestions laid out in an extremely detailed manner.

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