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Cardinal Zen speaks of a weakened Church in China

VICENZA (UCAN): The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the Vatican has adopted a new course in its relations with the Chinese government and the state-sponsored official Church.

Speaking in Vicenza, Italy, he said, “I think the Holy See now has decided to tackle the real problem, and that is the (Chinese Catholic) Patriotic Association,” Cardinal Zen said.

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A watershed for Christianity in China

WEST LAFAYETTE (SE): “1989 was a watershed year for conversions to Christianity in China,” said Yang Fenggang, a professor from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the United States of America, on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.

He explained that many of the people involved in Tiananmen have become Christians in the ensuing years, calling it a quiet spiritual revolution.

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Former Norwegian prime minister refused visa to China

BEIJING (UCAN): The former prime minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, was refused a visa to visit China for a June 18 to 23 meeting of the World Council of Churches, but on June 13, authorities in Beijing downplayed the significance of their refusal, although many believe that it is in retaliation for the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize to Liu Xiabo.

Norwaynews.com reported that he is the only one of 30 delegates to be denied a visa for the event.

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Chilly relations freeze up as Ice City looks towards an illicit ordination

HONG KONG (SE): The slated ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as a bishop in Harbin, China, has been described as the ordination that nobody wants by the secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, in an extensive interview with the Rome-based news agency, AsiaNews.

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Call to free Tiananmen survivors from Washington

BEIJING (Agencies):  A spokesperson for the United States of America State Department, Mark Toner, called on Beijing to “release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.”

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VatiLeaks spill the beans on China

HONG KONG (UCAN): What began as a leaky tub in the Vatican security several months ago has turned into a running sieve with the publication of a book in Italy by journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, detailing, among other things, confidential memos sent from the Vatican Study Centre in Hong Kong containing particulars about payments made by government authorities in China to bishops, priests and sisters.

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Ordinations mark a new spring

SHAOGUAN (Agencies): “Spring has arrived for the Church in Shaoguan,” a priest from Guangzhou diocese said at the May 24 World Day of Prayer for China celebration, which was marked by the first ordinations in the parish since 1949.

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Shanghai votes on a new bishop

SHANGHAI (UCAN): Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin came in as the preferred candidate in an election held in Shanghai, China, on May 30 for a new bishop of the diocese to take the place of the auxiliary, Bishop Xing Wenzhi, who faded from the scene in December last year.

Out of a possible total of 205 only 190 people were present to cast a vote—86 diocesan priests, 55 sisters and 64 lay people.

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Government bans protocol for bishop at his funeral

CHANGZHI (UCAN): Government officials in Changzhi barred a Church community from honouring Bishop Francis Li Yi with the usual protocol at his funeral in northern Shanxi province on May 31.

The Franciscan bishop died after suffering a stroke at the age of 89 on May 24. He had been ill since March.

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Government bans protocol for bishop at his funeral

CHANGZHI (UCAN): Government officials in Changzhi barred a Church community from honouring Bishop Francis Li Yi with the usual protocol at his funeral in northern Shanxi province on May 31.

The Franciscan bishop died after suffering a stroke at the age of 89 on May 24. He had been ill since March.

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