Posts Tagged ‘China’

Chinese Catholics resist religious oppression Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Chinese Catholics are resisting Beijing’s campaign to restrict religious freedom. As the law forbids minors from entering places of worship, Catholics are “reinventing” their homes as temporary “churches” for services that can include the whole family. “Each family is continuing its faith activities at home and maintaining its strong bonds with God,” says a young Read more

Giving it a go – eradicating religion and its influence Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Eradicating all religions apart from “open” state-sanctioned ones is part of an “ambitious new effort” in China, according to a recent Associated Press (AP) investigation. AP found churches in China being shut down, Bibles being seized and restrictions being placed on a number of religions. Crescents have been removed from mosques. Tibetan children have been Read more

Sinicisation programme could help Chinese-Vatican relations Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Chinese dioceses have been told to prepare local versions of a sinicisation programme. The programme aims to bring Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Daoism and Buddhism Churches more in-line with the government’s understanding of Chinese culture, society and politics. For Catholics, a spokesperson says the programme could also be a factor in ongoing Chinese-Vatican relations. “China and Read more

Priests in Henan, China, fear data on faithful may be misused Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Catholics in China’s Henan province are the subject of new government-issued rules. Some see these as tightening restrictions against Catholics in the province. Henan is thought to have one of the most significant proportions of Christians of any Chinese province. According to Pew Institute figures, 10 percent of China’s ten million Catholics are concentrated there. Read more

China’s five year plan to develop Catholic Church Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics and the Council of Chinese Bishops has approved the “Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicisation of the Catholic Church in China.” The plan aims to develop the Catholic Church altering religious principles and practices to match Chinese communist ideals and eliminate “foreign influence” ensuring governmental control of all Read more

Chinese authorities say missionary work is illegal Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Chinese authorities have detained 21 Japanese missionaries over the past few weeks. The missionaries were working in several southwestern provinces and in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia. The detention of the 21 Christian group members is thought to be part of the Chinese authorities’ efforts to crack down on missionary work. They are categorising missionary Read more

China backs international fight against global organ trafficking Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

China is backing enhanced international collaboration to help fight global organ trafficking. At an organ trafficking summit at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences this week, Wang Haibo said global collaboration could start with sharing information and developing a coding system. Wang, who is head of the China Organ Transplant Response System, suggested China’s organ Read more

Cardinal Zen is just wrong Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Vatican China

Cardinal Zen would do well to take a short course in Catholic history. In what is both false and misleading, Cardinal Zen keeps repeating the claim that the Vatican’s behavior in its relations with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China is “unprecedented.” It is not and it is false to claim it is Read more

Beijing-Vatican deal not normal: Cardinal Zen rebuts Kelly Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kuin, 86, sits down for lunch. Chatting and smiling, he lists the options for main course at a private dining room in Bishop Lei International House, a church-owned hotel founded originally as a school for the De La Salle brothers. It’s perched high in the Mid-Levels of Hong Kong Island, high but Read more

The Vatican – China bishops kerfuffle Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Vatican China

What is happening right now is no way unprecedented in recent Catholic history in China. Moral outrage and high emotion are a potent cocktail. Such is what is reverberating around the world right now about the Vatican’s moves to replace two bishops in China. The events have triggered reports and comments in the Catholic media Read more