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Pushing for sobriety in Church-state relations in China?

HONG KONG (UCAN): Ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, an editorial in the official newspaper, The People’s Daily, criticised the ingrained drinking culture in which government officials indulge in lavish spending of public funds.

In some official circles, drinking with guests and other officials has become an important part of their job, inducing unhealthy tendencies of corruption, ignorance, perverseness and flattery, the article published on January 10 notes.

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Bishops and priests currently being held in china

Bishop James Su Zhimin, from the unofficial community of Baoding, is nearly 80 years of age and was arrested by police on 8 October 1997. The charge that led to his arrest has never been revealed, news of a trial has never been released and the place of his detention is unknown.

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Appeal to Hu Jintao to release priests from Chinese prisons

 

ROME (AsiaNews): Saying that it would be an appropriate gesture of friendship and good will, the Rome-based agency, AsiaNews, is calling on the Chinese government to release all priests who are currently being held in detention or under house arrest on the mainland.

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Is Shanghai missing an auxiliary bishop?

By Father Huabei

Catholic circles in China are buzzing with rumours about auxiliary Bishop Joseph Xing Wenzhi of Shanghai, who has not been sighted since last month.

As in the days of Mao Zedong, appearances and non-appearances at events or in photos are always considered highly symbolic when seeking to interpret the rise or fall of an individual in the pecking order.

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Bishop detained for study sessions

Tianshui (UCAN): Bishop John Wang Ruowang of Tianshui, along with some of his priests have been forced to attend so-called study sessions since the end of 2011, according to Church sources.

The 50-year-old bishop of the unofficial Church community, who was clandestinely ordained with a papal mandate last year, was initially taken from Taijing on December 30 by officials to a guesthouse in Tianshui city, northern Gansu province.

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Xu Guangqi did not compromise his faith says bishop of Shanghai

 

Shanghai (UCAN): Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai, issued a pastoral letter over the Christmas weekend for the upcoming Chinese New Year urging his flock to respect, commemorate, propagate and learn from Paul Xu Guangqi (1562 to 1633). Xu was the first local Catholic convert and the diocese is promoting his cause for sainthood.

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Cameras for security not police priest explains

XIKAI (UCAN): The continued surveillance of Catholic people by authorities in China now has people jumpy over security cameras installed at churches.

The installation of security cameras at St. Joseph’s church in Xikai, downtown Tianjin City, has raised concerns among local parishioners.

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Church in Tianjin welcomes new members

KAIXI (Agencies): “They witness faith and preach Christ just like the apostles,” the pastor of the village of Xiao Han, in Tianjin diocese, China, said of the 350 adults who received the sacrament of confirmation on December 10.

Fides reported that those who received the sacrament had been through an intense preparation programme, adding that the parish welcomed them with great.

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Shanghai bishop in hospital

SHANGHAI (UCAN): The 95-year-old Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, from Shanghai, fractured a rib during a fall at his residence and was hospitalised on December 7.

Although his injury is not life-threatening, he will probably remain in the hospital for a few months.

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Priest and seminarians die in car crash

SHIJIAZHUANG (UCAN): Six seminarians and a priest from the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in northern Hebei province were killed in a road accident on December 11 and one seminarian is in a serious condition in No. 3 Hospital in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.

He was thrown from the minivan, which was badly damaged in an accident along the Jinzhou section of the provincial highway.

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