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  1. Brief talks 'won't seal' Vatican ties

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Sino-Vatican relations will not be re-established through 'a couple of discussions', a leader of the state body which controls the Catholic Church on the mainland said yesterday. The remarks by Anthony Liu Bainian, a vice-chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, came as the Foreign Ministry declined to confirm that a high-level Vatican ...

  2. Vatican waiting for HK to take up art exhibit offer

    Posted Apr 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Jimmy Cheung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Jimmy Cheung The Vatican Museums are still interested in teaming up with the Hong Kong government to hold an art exhibition in the city. Francesco Buranelli, director of the Vatican Museums, said such a move, which could help improve Sino-Vatican relations, could coincide with a possible papal visit. The world's leading treasure house would welcome any arts ...

  3. Row over bishop's ordination grows

    Posted Dec 04th 2006, 12:00am by Georgina Lee

    ... Georgina Lee Beijing dismisses Vatican's criticism as 'unreasonable' Beijing has hit back at criticism of its decision to ordain a bishop without papal blessing, saying the Vatican had no right to interfere with its 'internal affairs'. A spokesman for the State Administration of Religious Affairs said the ball was in the Vatican's court if it wanted ...

  4. Man with a mission

    Posted Oct 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Pope wants Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun to pay more attention to Sino-Vatican affairs. Is the cardinal the right person to broker a better relationship between Beijing and the Catholic Church? Write to us ...

  5. Code of conduct

    Posted May 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Vatican and the mainland's official Catholic Church have found common ground at last- in their call to boycott The Da Vinci Code for its blasphemous take on the life of Jesus. Should Christians refuse to see the movie? Write to us ...

  6. Zen hopes for private papal audience in next few weeks

    Posted Apr 18th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... in Sino-Vatican relations. Cardinal Zen, who will travel to Rome to attend a church conference at the end of next month, said he expected a meeting with the pontiff and other top Vatican officials, ... at the Vatican last month but this failed to take place. Cardinal Zen said one reason for the wait was an expected reshuffle in the Vatican. He said he also expected to meet other Vatican officials when ...

  7. Zen says he has been approached by Beijing

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun yesterday reiterated his belief that diplomatic ties between the mainland and the Vatican could be restored in two years. The cardinal said he had been contacted by mainland officials to discuss how best to re-establish Sino-Vatican ties. He said he was first approached about a month ago, adding he believed formal diplomatic ties ...

  8. Sino-Vatican ties have calmed down, says Cardinal Zen

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Diplomatic negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing will continue despite the row over the ordination of two mainland bishops by the state-controlled church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said yesterday. Speaking after a week-long visit to Italy where he discussed Sino-Vatican affairs with top Vatican officials, the leader of the Catholic Church in Hong ...

  9. Vatican fights naming of new bishop

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Cary Huang

    ... the strong protest from the Vatican and Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Beijing has decided to go ahead with the appointment of Liu Xinhong as bishop of Anhui province today- a move that analysts say will chill recently warming Sino-Vatican relations. According to a church source, a 'clear message' was sent by the Holy See to Father Liu's house in Anhui yesterday ...

  10. Sticking points in Sino-Vatican relations

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung While previously frosty Sino-Vatican relations appear to be thawing, observers said major issues remained to be solved. As top Vatican officials have made clear, ... for Beijing to choose, before the Pope gives his final blessings for the new bishop. But for a full resumption of ties to work, the Vatican is likely to insist on other matters upon which ...




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