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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Handbook on religion outdated but a step forward

HONG KONG (SE): “Sadly, the handbook provides for the personnel of local Religious Affairs Work departments outdated policy instructions, based on flawed information,” writes Roderick O’Brien, a scholar of Chinese law, about the 2010 revised edition of the Religious Affairs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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Honorary doctorate for Archbishop Hon

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan, conferred an honorary doctorate on the Hong Kong-born secretary to the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, on Decmeber 1.

“This doctorate,” Archbishop Hon said, “makes me even more united with the Holy See in promoting the progress of culture and integrate Christian culture and Chinese culture.”

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Questions arise about new bishop in China

HONG KONG (SE): The presence of an illicitly ordained bishop, Father Lei Shinyin, as one of the three ordaining bishops at the episcopal ordination of Father Peter Luo Xuegang in St. Mary’s church in Yibin, Sichuan, on November 30, has prompted a concerted reaction from Chinese Catholics on the Internet.

A comment was posted on the CathNewsChina website describing it as a calculated move from Beijing in retaliation for talk of excommunication from Rome for two illicitly ordained bishops this year.

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Presence of illegitimate bishop casts shadow over new coadjutor in Yibin

 

HONG KONG (SE): Father Peter Luo Xuegang was ordained as the coadjutor bishop of Yibin diocese in Sichuan, China, on November 30, amidst controversy, tight security and intense scrutiny from China Church watchers all over the world.

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Tracing liturgical development in China

HONG KONG (SE): Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei province in mainland China, hosted a Forum on Liturgy and Inculturation organised by the Faith Institute for Cultural Studies from November 16 to 18, for around 80 laypeople, bishops, priests, religious and academics, as well as leaders of 10 major seminaries.

The seminar retraced the last 20 years of development and formation in the liturgy, as well as the way in which it has been inculturated in the Church in China.

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