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2006-04-30 13:54:37

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - China pressed ahead with appointing a new bishop to its state-sanctioned Catholic Church on Sunday and warned the Vatican not to interfere, risking a deepening rift with the Vatican which objected to the promotion. Ma Yingling was ordained bishop of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Earlier, a Vatican-backed news service said the Holy See objected to Ma's ordination because he was too...

2006-03-01 02:20:00

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- Two Tibetan Buddhists jailed for "splittism" have had their sentences reduced, but a rights group said on Wednesday that one year after China introduced new regulations on religious rights, freedom to worship remains restricted. The rules that took effect in March 2005 enshrine religious belief as a basic right of all citizens, but China still forbids worship outside designated religious organizations, fearing the growth of groups that could challenge Communist...

2005-12-21 23:49:09

BEIJING (Reuters) - Almost 50 Chinese Catholic priests and nuns holed up for a week in a building they claim as their own and surrounded by police vowed to stay put on Thursday until they get their way. Braving freezing temperatures in the empty building in northern Tianjin just days before Christmas, the group said they were not going anywhere. "We're desperately hoping for a resolution as soon as possible," priest Wu Jingwei said. "We've not come to cause trouble and we don't want...

2005-11-18 04:15:26

BEIJING (Reuters) - China recently detained an underground Roman Catholic priest and 10 seminarians, a rights group said in a statement seen by Reuters on Friday. Word of last Saturday's detentions came just ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by U.S. President George W. Bush during which he is expected to press China on religious freedom and attend a church service. Beijing has had no ties with the Vatican since 1951 and insists relations cannot be resumed unless the Holy See severs...

2005-10-25 16:39:56

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's top diplomat said on Tuesday the Holy See was always ready to end relations with Taiwan and return its embassy to Beijing but that China must respect religious freedom and treat the Vatican fairly. "We have said many times that it (Taiwan) is not an obstacle," said Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, adding the Vatican was ready to start dialogue at any time. "I have said many times that if we had contacts with...

2005-10-23 07:36:26

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Roman Catholic rule of priestly celibacy on Sunday, rejecting suggestions that the way to confront the Church's shortage of priests was to allow them to marry. Speaking at the first canonisation ceremony of his six-month pontificate, he also expressed solidarity with the Church in China, where the communist government does not allow Catholics to openly recognize the Pope and the Vatican. The new saints of the...

2005-10-23 05:08:52

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Roman Catholic rule of priestly celibacy on Sunday, rejecting suggestions that the way to confront the Church's shortage of priests was to allow them to marry. Speaking at the first canonisation ceremony of his six-month pontificate, he also expressed solidarity with the Church in China, where the communist government does not allow Catholics to openly recognize the Pope and the Vatican. The new saints of the...

2005-10-02 05:19:54

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, opening the first major Church meeting since his election, said on Sunday that trying to keep God out of public life was "not tolerance but hypocrisy." The Pope, during a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica opening a synod of more than 250 bishops from 118 countries, also said that too many Catholic lives could be compared to "vinegar rather than wine" because of the indifference to God. He homed in on concerns dear to him...

2005-09-10 21:43:18

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which bans its Catholics from recognising the Pope, has turned down a Vatican invitation to four Chinese bishops to go to Rome, saying it showed no respect. Beijing has not had diplomatic ties with the Vatican since 1951, two years after the Communist takeover in China, and insists that relations cannot be resumed unless Rome severs links with self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own. The four bishops invited to Rome were on a list of prelates...

2005-09-08 14:14:53

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Thursday invited four bishops from China to take part in a synod next month, in what could herald a new phase in the strained relations between the Vatican and Beijing. If some or all of the bishops are allowed to travel to Rome, their trip would represent a major thaw in decades of often icy relations between the Holy See and the communist government, which does not allow its Catholics to recognize the Pope. The four...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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