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Man dies in fight with priest

 HAILUN (UCAN): A man died after a scuffle involving 46-year-old Father Shang Kanfa, a parish priest in northeastern Hailun City, Heilongjiang province, Harbin diocese, on August 26.
The dead man, named Wang, was the estranged husband of a community leader in the parish, a woman by the name of Gao.
A fight broke out at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, which is under repair, when it is alleged Wang turned up carrying a screwdriver and looking for his ex-wife.
Eyewitnesses at the church repair site said that Wang appeared to have been drinking and confronted Gao in the parish office, de

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Three deacons ordained in Shaanxi

 YAN’AN (Agencies): Three men were ordained deacons by Bishop Giovanni Battista Yang Xialting in Yan’An, Shaanxi province, on August 30, Fides reports.

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Heavily Catholic province gets tough new head

 HEBEI (UCAN): Zhang Qingli, who earned a reputation as a hardline Communist Party chief in Tibet, has been has been appointed the party secretary of Hebei province, which is currently the centre of contention in the struggle between the Chinese government and the Catholic Church over the appointment of bishops.
Hebei is home to roughly one quarter of the 8 to 12 million Catholics in China.
A report published by Reuters on August 29 describes Zhang as having gained a reputation as an unyielding Communist Party secretary of Tibet, a strong Buddhist enclave.
Zhang’s new post will g

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Proposed law would legalise detention without charges

 BEIJING (AsiaNews): Police would be able to hold and detain suspects for months over matters involving national security, terrorism or corruption, if proposals currently before the National People’s Congress are adopted and come into effect.
The proposed changes would also affect the current legal situation of what is termed residential surveillance, a form of house arrest in which every movement of the suspect is monitored.
However, major Chinese media are highly critical of the pr

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Cardinal Shan looks towards elusive mainland

 TAIPEI (UCAN): Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, who was denied a travel permit to visit the place of his birth on mainland China in June, has done the next best thing by going to a Taiwanese archipelago just off the Chinese coast.
The retired Cardinal Shan went to the Matsu Islands at the end of August, a former military zone a few nautical miles off the coast of China’s Fujian province, but more than 100 nautical miles from Taiwan itself, to speak about peace and love.
During his visit, the retired archbishop of Kaohsiung spoke on life to about 400 residents and military officers st

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Priests and parish leaders picked up in Gansu

  TAINSHUI (UCAN): Security officials detained a number of priests from the unofficial communities of the Church in Tianshui, northwestern Gansu province, between August 20 and 21.

Specifically targeting leadership positions in the diocese, those picked up include the administrator, Father John Baptist Wang Ruohan, and his brother, Father John Wang Ruowang; and retired Bishop Casmir Wang Milu; as well as several other priests and dozens of lay leaders.

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Heze priest gets two years hard labour

BEIJING (AsiaNews): A sentence of two years reeducation through hard labour was handed out to Father Wang Chengli, the administrator of the unofficial Church community in Heze in Shandong province, on August 25.

The 48-year-old priest was transferred to a reeducation centre in Jining, more than 150 kilometres away from the centre in Dongming where he had been held since his midnight arrest on August 3. A relative of Father Wang says that he has high blood pressure.

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