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“Enigmatic” Bishop of Shanghai Dies

The controversial bishop of Shanghai’s state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian, died on Saturday at age 96. Didi Kirsten Tatlow of The New York Times reports that hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday,...

Beijing Cautions New Pope on Meddling in China

The relationship between Beijing and the Vatican is a tense one. While the Vatican has been criticized by China for its ties to Taiwan, Beijing’s “illicit ordination” of Catholic bishops has been a cause for...

Newly-Ordained Shanghai Bishop Goes Missing

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who quit the state-endorsed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) over the weekend during a mass for his ordination as bishop of Shanghai, has reportedly been isolated at a seminary on the...

Church and State Divide

Paul Mooney writes about increasingly tense relations between Beijing and the Vatican, with China ordaining bishops this past year in defiance of the Pope: “It’s a very sensitive time,” said a scholar in Hong...

Vatican Rejects China Unilateral Ordination

The Vatican has again rejected the ordination of a Chinese Bishop as illegitimate. From the Vancouver Sun: Paul Lei Shiyin was ordained as bishop on June 29, in a move the Holy See said was divisive and looked set to dampen...

Vatican Denounces China for Bishop Ordination

Last Saturday, the government-backed Patriotic Chinese Catholic Association ordained a bishop without the consent of the Vatican, and today Pope Benedict XVI responded. From AP: Pope Benedict XVI learned of the ordination of...

Vatican China Envoy To Get Tough With Beijing

From AP: The Vatican’s top envoy for China says the time has come for the Holy See to get tough with Beijing and not compromise over religious freedom, saying relations are taking a “worrisome slide” for the...

Cardinal: Beijing Still Controlling Chinese Church

From AP: China has held off on ordaining bishops without Vatican approval, but government interference in the state-backed Chinese church is still a concern, Hong Kong’s cardinal — a key adviser to the pope_ said Monday....

Francesco Sisci: A Catholic Church of China

From lastampa.it: The normalization of ties between the Holy See, head of the largest unified religion of the world, and China, the most populous country on Earth, registered progresses in recent years and months. However, the...

Hong Kong Cardinal, Critical of China, to Step Down

The Vatican has agreed to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun’s request to step down from his post in 2009: [The Cardinal] said he would spend more time monitoring Catholic churches in mainland China, according to The Associated...

Pope Sends Greetings To China Before Olympics

From AP: Pope Benedict XVI sent greetings to China on Sunday before the Olympics and said he hoped the Games would offer an example of coexistence among people from different countries. He said he will follow the Olympics, which...

In China, He Builds Bridges with Music

From The Christian Science Monitor: The New York Philharmonic may have played Pyongyang, but they’re not the only ones using the tip of the orchestra to break diplomatic ice. On May 7, Conductor Yu Long and the China...

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