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Clerical highjinks attracting website comments

HONG KONG (UCAN): As more Church scandals and challenges surface, an atmosphere of criticism and self-examination has taken shape within the Church in China.

Many Church websites and a few Catholic newspapers have dispensed with their traditional spiritual messages and begun to focus on the disunity and conflict within communities, encouraging people to face up to the ugly realities that confront them and search for a resolution.

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Resisting bishop suspended from top jobs

LIAONING (UCAN): Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of the official Church community in Liaoning has been suspended as vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and as president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association after refusing to attend the illicit ordination of Father Joseph Huang Bingzhang in Shantou on July 14.

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Acknowledging those in their sunset years

BEIJING (Agencies): “The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him. Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult” (Proverbs 23.24-25).

The mainland Catholic community not only has always lived the traditional Chinese celebration for those advanced in years, but has enriched it with Christian values. 

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Intellectuals Association gathers in Zhejiang for annual meeting

ZHEJIANG (UCAN): The Catholic Intellectuals Association of Zhejiang province held its annual meeting in Wenzhou diocese with a tea party and parish exchange visit from October 7 to 9.

Father Zheng Jiamao, of Hangzhou, who is the head of the association, welcomed the 68 participants from four dioceses in the province and expressed his thanks to Wenzhou for providing the venue.

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Our Lady of Mongolia gives a boost to Church and tourism

BAOTOU (Agencies): The largest and the most beautiful square in the inner Mongolian steppe, in the diocese of Baotou, was opened and dedicated to the Virgin Mary on September 15.

Over three thousand people attended the blessing of the square and an 8.42-metre high statue depicting Our Lady of Mongolia that stands in the centre. At the ceremony a Mass was offered by bishops from Hohhot, Jining and Bayanur Meng, and concelebrated by about 30 priests.

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A 100-year-old treasure continues to inspire

HONGTONG (UCAN): An old Chinese adage holds that an elderly person at home is a family treasure. At the age of 100, Father Michael Li Minghan, from the diocese of Hongtong, has proven to be of immense value to many of the young priests and people in his neighbourhood.

They turned out in big numbers on September 29 to celebrate his life and contribution to the Church during his 60 years as a priest.

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The Calvary of East welcomes thousands

MEIXIAN (Agencies): Undeterred by pouring rain, thousands of people from all over China visited the Sanctuary of the Cross on Mt. Pao Wo, commonly known as the Calvary of the East, in the district of Mei Zhou, in the Zhi Xian diocese, Shaanxi, on September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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Metro accident in Shanghai prompts questions of care

HANGHAI (AsiaNews) : A collision between two suburban trains in the underground metro complex of Shanghai in which 245 people were injured, has sparked new interest in the tragic collision between two super-speed trains in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which resulted in 40 deaths.

The Shanghai metro company says that the incident was caused by a signal malfunction, causing one train to run into the back of a stationary one. The disaster at Wenzhou also occurred due to the non-functioning of the signalling system.

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Hu Jintao tells Pyongyang to give up on nuclear ambitions

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The president of China, Hu Jintao, delivered an ultimatum to the prime minister of the hermit kingdom of North Korea, Choe Yong-rim, saying his government will support his country, but only if it is truly committed détente on the peninsula and the path towards a gradual denuclearisation.

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Floods in China leave severe hardship in wake

QUXIAN (UCAN): Although media in China have been quiet on the extent and seriousness of floods that ravaged much of Sichuan during September, the damage to crops is expected to produce a tough winter for millions of people, as the rising water made it impossible to harvest or protect property and valuables.

A report from the Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the flooding that hit parts of central, southwest and northwest China has left 90 people dead and 22 missing.

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