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  1. Beijing paving way to renew Vatican links

    Posted Jun 15th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Appointment of bishops could still be stumbling block Beijing has quietly been conducting exchanges with the Vatican to pave the way for diplomatic ties to be re-established, according to church sources and academics. In a si ...

  2. Hope grows for a new dawn in Sino-Vatican relations

    Posted Apr 05th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing While hailing late pontiff's integrity, mainland Catholics look to successor to bring flock in from the cold As the world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, China is anticipating the dawn of a new era of Sino-Vatican ...

  3. Beijing to seek better ties under new pope

    Posted Apr 04th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing State-sanctioned church mourns loss, but grief is deeper in unofficial parishes Beijing yesterday expressed its condolences over the Pope's death and said it hoped Sino-Vatican ties would improve under his successor. � ...

  4. Beijing hopes Tong can boost vatican ties

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com A top Catholic leader in Beijing hopes Hong Kong's Vatican-anointed cardinal, John Tong Hon, will improve the mainland's often fraught relationship with the Holy See. But the government would continue to nam ...

  5. Bishop Tong joins Zen as HK cardinal

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Adrian Wan and Dennis Chong Hong Kong's Bishop John Tong Hon has been named one of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict, highlighting the significance of the city in the Vatican's push to extend its influence in China. He will become the seventh Ch ...

  6. Catholics facing dangerous rift as illicit bishops turn to government

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Section at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' World Religions Institute, says Beijing never had any intention of normalising ties. 'China never said it wanted to restore relations ... to the plight of the Catholic Church in China, puts the blame on the government, saying it should not get involved in religion. 'It is not in the interest of the government or the country,' he ...

  7. Vatican summit on China strategy

    Posted Mar 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Party study session on religions in December. Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said publicly in Washington last month that 'China and the Vatican ...

  8. Ordination of bishops endorsed by Beijing and Vatican given go-ahead

    Posted Dec 01st 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The ordinations of three bishops endorsed by both Beijing and the Holy See have been agreed to, with Father Francis Lu Shouwang being ordained as bishop of Hubei's Yichang Diocese yesterday. The ordination of Father Lu was chaired by Fath ...

  9. Vatican gives China expert key overseas mission

    Posted May 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip In a move seen as a bid to rekindle ties with Beijing, this week the Vatican appointed China expert Archbishop Fernando Filoni head of the body overseeing the church's development in more than 100 countries. Filoni's appointment as pro- ...

  10. Pope's letter may help establish ties, says mainland church official

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A mainland official in charge of Catholic Church affairs yesterday said he hoped the letter by Pope Benedict to mainland Catholics could help Beijing and the Vatican normalise relations. Liu Bainian, deputy chairman of the Chinese ...




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