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Cardinal Tong expresses cautious optimism on China

 

ROME (UCAN): On November 6, the eve of the Communist Party National Congress which will usher in a once in a decade change of leadership in the world’s most populous country, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told the Vatican Insider that he does not expect too much from the change.

Nevertheless, he said that he remains optimistic that relations between Beijing and the Holy See will improve in the long run.

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Year of Faith opens with a flood of words

 

At the beginning of October, the Church in China joined the universal Church in celebrating the opening of the Year of Faith.

However, there has been a noticeable difference in style compared with the opening of the Year of St. Paul and the Year of the Priests.

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Bad year for religious freedom in Asia

 

ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

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Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists

 

HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply from Beijing

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): A bishop and some priests from mainland China have told Fernando Cardinal Filoni not to hold his breath waiting for a reply to his impassioned appeal to Beijing to open a dialogue with the Vatican.

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Synod says Chinese bishop was there in spirit

 

VATICAN (SE): The Synod of Bishops has assured its lone voice from China that his spiritual presence was felt at the gathering despite his physical absence.

Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxiang, wrote a letter that was read out to the synod, in which he presented the Church in China as a model of fidelity and devotion despite 50 years of persecution, contrasting it with the tepidness of Catholic people in Europe and in the west, UCA News reported.

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Resurrecting a key player in 
Chinese Rites Controversy

 

CASTORANO (AsiaNews): A conference was held to study the role played by Father Carlo Orazi, one of the key figures in the Chinese Rites Controversy of the early 18th century, in Castorano, Italy, from October 26 to 27.

Father Orazi was a Franciscan, who was sent to China by what is known today as the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) in 1700. He was to remain in Beijing for 32 years.

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Is Nobel Prize promoting censorship?

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): Not all Chinese people share the same taste as the Nobel Prize Committee. This was highlighted on October 13 when Mo Yan was announced as this year’s Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Mo, a pseudonym which translates as “don’t speak,” has been roundly criticised by mainland people for failing to support other Chinese writers who have been subjected to censorship by the government.

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Tight lid on Bishop Su after 15 years prison

 

ROME (AsiaNews): For 15 years the bishop of the unofficial Catholic community in Baoding, Hebei province, Bishop James Su Zhimin, has been held in police custody at an unknown location without any contact with the outside world.

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Bishop Ma chalks up 100 days out of public eye

 

SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): After chalking up 100 days of forced rest and recreation, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daquin has published segments from his dairy, penned during his virtual confinement at Sheshan Seminary, since he publicly quit his post in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association when he was ordained a bishop in Shanghai on July 7.

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