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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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Xiamen hosts over 1,000 for Youth Day

XIAMMEN (Agencies): Sharings from young people, a priest and sister who had attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, during August this year, were the high point of the first Youth Day celebrated by the diocese of Xiamen, in Fujian province, China, on the feast of Christ the King, November 20.

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Eucharistic ministers a sign of parish life

KAIXI (Agencies): The cathedral parish of Kaixi in the diocese of Tainjin, China, commissioned 179 Eucharistic ministers on November 19, at a ceremony presided over by the parish priest, Father Don Zhang Liang, Fides reports.

The commissioning ceremony followed a formation course, during which the Eucharistic life of the community was the central theme.

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Handbook on religion outdated but a step forward

HONG KONG (SE): “Sadly, the handbook provides for the personnel of local Religious Affairs Work departments outdated policy instructions, based on flawed information,” writes Roderick O’Brien, a scholar of Chinese law, about the 2010 revised edition of the Religious Affairs Regulations: A Handbook of Related Laws, Rules, and Policies, edited by the State Administration of Religious Affairs Policy and Regulation Office in Beijing and printed by the Religious Culture Press.

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A quiet bishop dies a humble death

KAIFENG (UCAN) : Bishop Anthony Zong Changfeng, of the unofficial community in Kaifeng, central Henan province, was laid to rest during a ceremony in his hometown of Zhouzhi on November 29.

The coadjutor bishop, who never assumed office because of obstructions from the government, died on November 22 at the age of 79, after receiving the sacrament of the sick with his friends and supporters gathered around his sickbed.

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