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  1. 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 ...

  2. Catholic leader not recognised by the Vatican

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Beijing appointed a bishop not recognised by the Holy See as head of the mainland's Catholic clergy yesterday in a move likely to jeopardise a continuing Sino-Vatican diplomatic dialogue. But Beijing also selected a Vatican-approved bishop to be the new leader of the state-backed Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association- a body denounced by the Holy See in 2007 ...

  3. Whatever happened to the goal of religious freedom?

    Posted Dec 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the mainland. The authorities there have never welcomed alternative sources of power competing for influence over their subjects. In turn, the Vatican is also anxious about the religious powers held ... as enshrined in the Chinese constitution, would be attained. The recent unilateral ordination of Joseph Guo Jincai as bishop of the Chengde diocese in Hebei angered the Vatican, which suggests the move ...

  4. Vatican warns bishops not to attend national meeting

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung at the Vatican The Vatican has, for the first time, issued a stern, public warning to all bishops on the mainland, asking them not to take part in an upcoming national Catholic conference to be organised by Beijing. The Vatican considers the conference a breach of Catholic doctrine. Following a meeting of the papal commission on China affairs this week, it also ...

  5. A lapsed Vatican

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... on them by local dioceses in one country after another, encouraged by the Vatican, for decades. The centralised power structure of the modern Catholic Church makes that appalling response all but inevitable. We now know the Pope was not an innocent bystander in his previous incarnation as head of the Vatican office in charge of discipline and doctrinal purity. That office- the Congregation ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Zen to make plea to Pope on mission to Vatican

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... in dioceses worldwide are, by tradition, required to brief the Pope once every five years on visits to Rome. But because of red tape in the Vatican bureaucracy and the death of Pope John Paul II ... in the past 10 years, which will be sent to the Vatican before Cardinal Zen and Bishop Tong arrive in Rome on June 25. Although the diocese's role as a bridge between the universal church ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Vatican nod for bishop to succeed Cardinal Zen

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The Vatican has named Auxiliary Bishop John Tong Hon coadjutor bishop of the Hong Kong diocese, paving the way for Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun to step down. The Holy See ... for chief executive. The appointment has raised concerns the diocese might soften its stance on democracy while seeking to smooth Sino-Vatican relations. The appointment is a procedural matter ...




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