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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. 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 ... and vice-president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Liu congratulated Tong on his January appointment, in Beijing's first response to the Vatican's move. 'We have a good ...

  3. 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 ... in countries where Catholicism is being developed. Filoni spent nine years in Hong Kong as an unofficial envoy for the Vatican between 1992 and 2001. He was credited as acting as a link between ...

  4. Vatican chastised over list of bishops

    Posted Sep 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter By making public a list of mainland bishops invited to a world conference in Rome next month, the Vatican showed it had no respect for the mainland's 5 million ... it 'incomprehensible' that the Vatican made public the invitations even though it knew at least two of the bishops invited would not be able to attend because they were too old or in ill heath. If some or all ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Vatican rules out any China walkabout during Pope's trip

    Posted Mar 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung in Rome The Vatican has ruled out any detour for Pope Benedict to other regions, including the mainland and Taiwan, when he travels to Australia in July for World Youth Day, according to Taipei's envoy to the Vatican. Tou Cho-seng, the island's ambassador to its last European ally, said the Pope's action was understandable as he could not visit ...

  8. Vatican summit on China strategy

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

    ... Ambrose Leung Holy See plots way ahead on Beijing ties after Pope's overture to Chinese Catholics Top Vatican officials will review the Holy See's China strategy when they gather ... the future after reviewing key developments since Pope Benedict's letter to Chinese Catholics last June. At the first summit of the Vatican China affairs commission - formed in January last year ...

  9. Vatican calls for more reconciliatory talks with Beijing

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung in Rome The Vatican has made a fresh gesture of goodwill towards Beijing by calling for renewed dialogue between the two sides after a high-level meeting of the Holy ... Catholics last June. Despite speculation that Beijing and the Vatican, which has diplomatic ties with Taiwan, would increase negotiations ahead of the Olympics, recent developments from the mainland ...

  10. 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 ...




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