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  1. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted May 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The report 'First Beijing-selected bishop dies' on Page 8 of last week's Sunday Morning Post incorrectly stated that Wuhan bishop Dong Guangqing, unilaterally ordained by the official mainland Catholic church in 1958 without Vatican approval, was not recognised by the Vatican. Bishop Dong received Pope John Paul II's approval in 1985. ...

  2. Decades of turbulence

    Posted Jul 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Since the establishment of the People?s Republic, ties between Beijing and the Vatican have travelled along a rocky road 1951 Beijing expels Vatican ambassador and cuts official ties. Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association established later 1987 Holy See issues eight-point guidelines on relations between underground and official churches in China 1999 Vatican secretary of state ...

  3. Just a matter of time before Vatican moves from Taipei to Beijing

    Posted Apr 09th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan's relations with the Vatican have remained unshakeable over the years, but most people expect the break to come when the Holy See notifies Taipei that it has to move its embassy to Beijing. Even the Catholic Church in Taiwan has acknowledged that the Vatican will forge official ties with the mainland when the conditions are right. 'It can be any ...

  4. Vatican approval for new bishop

    Posted Sep 20th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican has given its approval for the ordination of Father Joseph Li Shan as bishop of Beijing, after a last-minute effort to ensure the mainland's selected priest ... in almost 50 years. Last night, church sources confirmed that the Vatican had given its approval, although officials from the Holy See have made no announcement of the decision. It has brought ...

  5. Vatican's peace overture breaks new ground

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Soon after his election, Pope Benedict declared restoration of the Vatican's ties with Beijing one of his priorities, along with reunification of the church on the mainland and the estimated 10 million Catholics there. His open letter to China's Catholics at the weekend is the Vatican's most serious overture to Beijing yet. It has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure ...

  6. Vatican hunt for Zen's successor

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican is processing a list of candidates from which Pope Benedict will appoint the next bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said. The news came amid ... after a trip to Rome where he attended a high-level meeting of the Holy See commission on China policy, Cardinal Zen said Vatican officials handling the succession have finalised the names ...

  7. New Beijing bishop is 'very good' candidate, says Vatican official

    Posted Jul 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The new Catholic bishop of Beijing was a 'very good' candidate, a senior Vatican official said, even though he had not been selected by the Pope, in what is seen as further evidence of Rome's efforts to reach a compromise with mainland authorities over the nomination of bishops. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary ...

  8. Don't lose hope, former Vatican envoy urges

    Posted Nov 14th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Vatican official has said. Speaking to Catholics during a visit to Hong Kong at the weekend, Cardinal Jozef Tomko, a retired prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, also ... and 2001, follows a visit by Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien earlier this month. In recent months, Sino-Vatican relations have remained volatile despite mutual agreement over the appointment ...

  9. Vatican fails to contact bishop-elect for Beijing

    Posted Sep 18th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Klaudia Lee

    ... effort to get in touch with him in order to complete the approval process. But because of what appears to be tight control on his communications, repeated attempts by the Vatican to contact ... the Vatican and Beijing. Father Li, 42, would succeed Fu Tieshan, who died of lung cancer in April at the age of 76. Mr Liu said he had not heard from the Vatican on Father Li's ordination, ...

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

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

    ... The Vatican approved Father Gan's promotion 10 months ago, but the China Catholic Bishops' College- controlled by the state- has delayed giving its formal endorsement. Ucan also said ... of Ningxia Diocese. Negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing on resuming diplomatic ties were put on ice in November last year when Beijing unilaterally ordained Wang Renlei as coadjutor bishop ...




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