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  1. News - China

    Vatican slams Chinese official church in bishop row

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:25am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City The Vatican slammed China’s state-run Catholic church on Thursday for stripping a bishop of his title, insisting the move “has no legal value ... the world to voice their support for Ma. China and the Vatican severed diplomatic ties in 1951 after the latter recognised the Nationalist Chinese government in Taipei, a rival to the communist ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  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 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Vatican hopes for better ties as Beijing bishop ordained

    Posted Sep 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing and Ambrose Leung Li Shan is first mutually recognised bishop in 50 years The Vatican last night expressed hope the ordination of Beijing Bishop Joseph Li Shan would lead to new understanding between the Holy See and mainland authorities that could help resolve their disputes. Bishop Li was chosen by Beijing, with the approval of the Vatican. Despite ...

  8. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The story headlined 'Zen's Shanghai visit part of Beijing charm offensive aimed at Vatican' on Saturday incorrectly stated Joseph Xing Wenzhi's official title as assistant bishop. It should be auxiliary bishop. The error was introduced in the editing process. ...

  9. Vatican-backed bishop leads reopening Mass

    Posted Feb 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vatican-approved bishop-elect. However, hopes that Father Joseph Gan Junqiu would be ordained as bishop at the same time were dashed, with observers saying they believed the Vatican had announced its ... servant who travelled from Hong Kong for the ceremony. A Hong Kong Catholic who is active in the mainland church and asked not to be identified said: 'They [the Vatican] spoke too soon so ...

  10. Cleric's dying wish for Vatican ties

    Posted May 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... optimistic that Sino-Vatican relations can be established in three to five years. Bishop Li, who is battling terminal liver cancer, said the links were a wish among all Catholics in China. ... are hopeful of rebuilding ties in 2008, as expected by [Hong Kong's] Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun. 'I wish that we all pray to God to make establishing Sino-Vatican diplomatic ties a reality. ...




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