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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...

2005-11-18 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...

2005-11-08 01:47:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a Protestant minister, his wife and her brother to prison terms of up to three years for illegally printing Bibles and other Christian publications, one of their lawyers said. The conviction of house church minister Cai Zhuohua, 34, and his family by the Beijing People's Intermediate Court came days before U.S. President George W. Bush arrives for a state visit. In atheist China, printing of Bibles and other religious...

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...

2005-09-10 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...

2005-07-29 02:35:47

Please read in paragraph 10 ... Xing Wenzhi ... instead of Xing Wenzhian A corrected story follow. By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The Vatican is reported to have given its blessing to atheist China's choice of a new bishop, the second such appointment in as many months in a sign of a thaw in decades-old icy relations. But the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said Chinese authorities had beaten up parishioners in the southeastern province of Fujian who had been trying...

2005-07-29 02:42:14

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The Vatican is reported to have given its blessing to atheist China's choice of a new bishop, the second such appointment in as many months in a sign of a thaw in decades-old icy relations. But the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said Chinese authorities had beaten up parishioners in the southeastern province of Fujian who had been trying to prevent the arrest of an underground Roman Catholic priest, undermining reconciliation efforts....

2005-07-05 04:01:51

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which does not recognize theVatican, has arrested an underground Roman Catholic bishop, aU.S.-based religious rights group said, quashing hopes of anysudden rapprochement between Beijing and the Holy See. China has not had diplomatic relations with the Vaticansince 1951 and believers must attend state-sanctioned churchesled by bishops who pledge loyalty to Beijing. But a parallelchurch loyal to the Pope practises in secret. "Bishop Jia Zhiguo, the underground...