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Hope for human rights or window dressing?

ROME (AsiaNews): New laws that came into effect in China on 1 January 2013 provide for people picked up by the police to have immediate access to a lawyer; immediate notification of relatives of their whereabouts; and a limit on detention without trial to six months.

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Shanxi seminary to close for two years

TAIYUAN (UCAN): The embattled Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, China, which has been embroiled for years in internal leadership disputes, will suspend operations for two years while structures and staff are reorganised.

Local Church people told UCA News that Bishop John Huo Cheng, from Fenyang, the former chairperson of the board, announced the closure on January 7.

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Putting others first

 

 

Putting others first can be such a natural, beautiful part of life.

The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God

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A Christmas letter to an embattled bishop

 

SHANGHAI (SE): A Catholic person in Shanghai has penned a letter to Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who is currently confined to the seminary at Sheshan on the outskirts of the city, stripped of his status as a bishop and suspended from exercising his priestly ministry for two years by government authorities, telling him that he is not alone, but is very much in the prayers of the faithful people of his diocese.

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Government hijacks control of Wuhan diocese

 

WUHAN (AsiaNews): While world attention was focussed on the confinement of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai, the government hijacked control of the Wuhan diocese, with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association quietly removing the long time administrator, Father Shen Guo’an, from his position.

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Two faces of a Chinese Christmas

 

HONG KONG (SE): There is a Chinese way to celebrate Christmas, according to a report published in the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, on December 24. “On Christmas eve, Chinese youngsters embrace the festival like westerners, but not for the religious reasons or for family reunion.”

Xinhua reports that young people approach the feast more like a festival and an opportunity to take a break from their busy lives.

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Late bishop remembered for formation work

 

YIBIN (AsiaNews): Bishop John Chen Shizhong, from Yibin in China, died at the age of 96 on December 16 in hospital in his hometown and was buried from his cathedral church on the following day at 8.30am.

A veteran of several years in prison, he was also put to work as a farmer during the Cultural Revolution, but after rehabilitation he resumed relations with the Holy See and became a major force in the formation of priests and sisters.

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Cardinal Zen vents ire over firing of Bishop Ma

 

HONG KONG (SE) : The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in an entry on his blog that the recent move to strip the newly ordained auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai  of his mitre and crosier by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China is probably just a cover for the real culprits.

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Bishop Ma reflects on isolation

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin marked 100 days of confinement at Sheshan Seminary on November 3 with a reflective posting on his blogsite, later published by AsiaNews.

He recalls that his father had resisted him when he said that he wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest, because he, his younger brother and his father had all been put in prison by the communist authorities for their Catholic faith during the 1950s.

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Bishop Ma stripped of mitre and crosier

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was stripped of his mitre and crosier at a two-day standing committee meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, which concluded in Beijing on December 12.

Bishop Ma incurred the wrath of Beijing when he publicly announced his resignation from the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association at his ordination as an auxiliary bishop of Shanghai on July 7.

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