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From VIS/News.va: Statement of the Holy See on the Episcopal Ordination in the Diocese of Shantou (Mainland China) [Note the distinction of “mainland”. The Holy See has diplomatic relations with Taiwan at a higher level than with the PRC.] The … Read More
A reader clued me into a story about another potential ecclesial train-wreck in poor China. From Sino Daily we read this, which originated with AFP: Chinese bishops ‘taken away’ by police: report (AFP) – 1 day ago VATICAN CITY — … Read More
From VIS: DECLARATION CONCERNING EPISCOPAL ORDINATIONS IN CHINA VATICAN CITY, 4 JUL 2011 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office today released the following English-language communique concerning the episcopal ordination of Fr. Paul Lei Shiyin, which took place on Wednesday … Read More
From Agence France-Presse: China detains Vatican-backed Catholic priest (AFP) – 6 hours ago BEIJING — Chinese police detained a Vatican-backed Catholic priest and blocked his ordination as a bishop, a parishioner said Thursday, in a move likely to raise tensions … Read More
The gentlemanly Sando Magister has a must-read piece today at his site Chiesa called: Bishops Or Mandarins? The Dilemma of the Chinese Church. Here is the introductory section of Magister’s piece, just to give you some context. Then I will … Read More
A few days old, but this comes from Life News: Chinese Family Planning Official Kills Man Over Forced Sterilization by Steven Ertelt | Beijing, China | LifeNews.com | 4/7/11 1:53 PM Seeking to enforce the one-child policy that involves forced … Read More
Be sure to check this story at The Catholic Herald in their “Saint of the Week” feature. This week they focus on Joseph Freinademetz, priest, whose feast is today, 28 January. Fr. Freinademetz was a missionary to China who embraced … Read More
The Holy Father spoke about religious liberty in his recent “state of the world” speech to the diplomatic corps. I now want to draw your attention to an article in The Pilot, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston. Think … Read More
In all seriousness. John Allen, the nearly ubiquituous, fair-minded writer for the ultra-lefty NCR has a piece about what is going on in China. Crackdown in China takes church ‘back to the time of Mao’ by John L Allen Jr … Read More
I would like today to remind Catholic readers in America, especially, to be thankful for the blessings of a still society and the still free exercise of religion. You have probably heard that there was a consecration of a bishop … Read More
From AsiaNews with Ucan with my emphases and comments: Priest arrested in Fujian for organizing winter camp for 300 university students Fr. John Baptist Luo was arrested on 3 March. Three other priests have been issued arrest warrants, but not … Read More
From VIS: LETTER TO PRIESTS IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA VATICAN CITY, 17 NOV 2009 (VIS) – Made public yesterday was a letter from Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. to priests of the Catholic Church in the … Read More
60 years ago, Communists seized China. What sort of thing is the management of the Empire State Building celebrating by turning on the red and yellow lights? Inter alia, the One Child Policy… now being relaxed in some places as … Read More
Very cool… from CNA: Documentary about Jesuit missionary to China screened at Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy, Sep 12, 2009 / 06:13 pm (CNA).- A new documentary on the life of Fr. Matteo Ricci, a pioneering Jesuit missionary to China, … Read More