Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association

Beijing hopes Tong can boost vatican ties

A top Catholic leader in Beijing hopes Hong Kong's Vatican-anointed cardinal, John Tong Hon, will improve the mainland's often fraught relationship with the Holy See.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012, 12:00am

Bishop Tong joins Zen as HK cardinal

Hong Kong's Bishop John Tong Hon has been named one of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict, highlighting the significance of the city in the Vatican's push to extend its influence in China.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Catholics facing dangerous rift as illicit bishops turn to government

Although there have been rumours of a reconciliation between the Vatican and the Catholic Church in China for many years, Ren Yanli, the former head of the Christian Studies Section at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' World Religions Institute, says Beijing never had any intention of normalising ties.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Vatican gives China expert key overseas mission

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 development in more than 100 countries.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Vatican rules out any China walkabout during Pope's trip

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.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Vatican calls for more reconciliatory talks with Beijing

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 See's commission on China affairs.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Vatican plan to spell out meaning of Pope's letter

The Vatican was planning to issue a clarification of directives contained in Pope Benedict's letter to mainland Catholics, in light of the response to the document eight months ago that called for reconciliation and unity.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Vatican summit on China strategy

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 next week in Rome with speculation growing that Beijing is willing to advance negotiations on diplomatic ties ahead of the Olympics.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Keeper of the faith

After a solemn ceremony and a blessing of those who attended Mass on Sunday to mark his appointment as leader-in-waiting of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, Coadjutor Bishop John Tong Hon explained why he had remained in the shadows for almost a decade over social and political issues.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Controversial bishop tipped for top post

Potential Catholic leader emerges

A controversial mainland bishop, whose unilateral ordination fuelled a fierce row between Beijing and the Vatican, is one of the frontrunners to lead the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, an informed source said yesterday.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dalai Lama out, bishop in, after talks

Cleric elevated following Sino-Vatican meeting

The state-sanctioned Catholic church yesterday installed a priest loyal to the Pope as Bishop of Guangzhou following recent high-level Vatican talks in Beijing.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

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

The ordinations of three bishops endorsed by both Beijing and the Holy See have been agreed to, with Father Francis Lu Shouwang being ordained as bishop of Hubei's Yichang Diocese yesterday.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Bishop for Guangzhou

Guangzhou will soon get a new Catholic bishop endorsed by both Beijing and the Holy See, but the exact date of his ordination is apparently still under heated discussion.

The ordination of Father Joseph Gan Junqiu is likely to be on December 3, a source said yesterday.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Don't lose hope, former Vatican envoy urges

People should not lose hope about religious freedom on the mainland - in the same way that they kept faith in the 1980s when facing Hong Kong's transition, a former top Vatican official has said.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Vatican hopes for better ties as Beijing bishop ordained

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.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am