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Shanghai seminaries closed in fallout over new bishop

SHANGHAI (SE): A brief note sent to the two seminaries in Shanghai diocese from Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian on August 21 simply states that the opening of the academic year in September will be delayed until further notice.

Shanghai diocese is home to two seminaries, the Sheshan Major Seminary on the outskirts of the city and the Tailaiqiao Minor Seminary.

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Vatican must play ball too Guangdong official says

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lu Guocun, a senior public servant from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, has rebuffed claims by the Vatican that the Communist regime does not recognise the distinction between Church and state.

Lu, who is now in his 70s, is accusing the Vatican of playing politics and overlooking the faith life of Chinese Catholics.

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China’s priests critical of Beijing response to United States report

HONG KONG (UCAN) : Several priests have spoken out against comments made by the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on August 2 dismissing a claim made in the 2011 Report on Religious Freedom from the State Department of the United States of America (US) that the state of religious freedom in China is going backwards.

The State Department report, released on July 30, identified eight countries of particular concern, including China.

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Another advocate for human rights indicted for subversion

 HONG KONG (UCAN): Police have arrested and charged Zhu Chengzhi, a friend and supporter of deceased labour unionist, Li Wangyang, with inciting subversion of state power, according to a report from the Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

The Hong Kong-based human rights agency announced on August 9 that it has received a copy of the indictment against Zhu Chengzhi, issued by the Shaoyang City Public Security Bureau, on July 25.

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Can China make it on the world stage?

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): As China is being touted more and more on the world stage as a world power, with some suggesting it stands on a par with the United States of America (US), Liu Peng, the director of the Pu Shi Institute for Social Sciences in Beijing, is asking whether China can truly lay claim to that title or not.

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Cardinal calls on United Kingdom to observe day of prayer for China

SWANWICK (SE): A three-day conference attended by over 300 people at Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, England, on A new world order: China today and our response, ended with a call from Keith Cardinal O’Brien to have May 24 marked all over the United Kingdom as a day of prayer for the Church in China on July 23.

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Maybe new music but still the same dance

HONG KONG (UCAN): An update on rules and regulations covering the operation of bishops in China issued by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in late June are not much more than a reiteration of the current situation and only attracted attention in the wake of the dramatic announcement by Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin at his ordination Mass in Shanghai on July 7 that he would quit his position in the Patriotic Association, according to some bishops who are recognised by the Holy See.

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No fasting during Ramadan

HONG KONG (SE): The Chinese government has placed restrictions on the observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the northern province of Xinjiang, home to the majority of the Muslim Uighur minority, Al Jazeera reported on August 2.

Although Uyghur leaders have warned the move is a recipe for further violence in the area, party leaders are being urged to broaden the restrictions on this sacred religious activity.

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Human rights advocates now showing a new brashness

BEIJING (AsiaNews) : The desire for democracy and human rights for all is increasingly taking hold in China, where dissidents and rights advocates seem to be losing their fear of asking publicly for transparency in cases of abuse and no longer seek to hide their comrades to protect them from the vengeance of the government.

However, their boldness is being largely rewarded with another wave of repression and violation of their natural human rights.

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Fake Panchen Lama equates being religious with promoting stability

DHARAMSHALA (SE): A pointed remark made by Norbu, the man appointed by Beijing as the 11th Panchen Lama, during a rare visit to Tibet equated a religious person with one who promotes stability in society.

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported on July 25 that Norbu said during a meeting with government officials and senior cadres in Lhasa that Tibetans who do not protect social stability are unfit to be called men of religion.

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