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2006-05-29 00:33:25

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese bishop approved by the Vatican but not by China's official state-backed Catholic church has defied authorities and officiated at a religious ceremony, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday. The row over Wu Qinjing's appearance highlighted the current friction between the Holy See and Beijing over the appointment of bishops, a key sticking point in negotiations over the normalization of relations which were severed in the early 1950s. Wu appeared at...

2006-05-11 02:19:33

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's most senior Roman Catholic clergyman Cardinal Joseph Zen rejected on Thursday suggestions from China that he persuade the Vatican to accept Beijing's appointment of bishops. Tension between Beijing and the Vatican flared up this month after China's state-backed Catholic church installed two bishops without papal blessing, and a senior Chinese official in Hong Kong asked Zen on Wednesday to help Beijing with the matter. "If Beijing's position is to...

2006-05-06 21:43:50

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is expected to appoint an assistant bishop with papal blessing on Sunday, just days after Pope Benedict condemned the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing. Father Paul Pei Junmin, 37, is scheduled to be consecrated an assistant bishop at a Catholic church in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, Liu Bainian, a vice-chairman of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, told Reuters. Jin Peixian, the 80-year-old bishop of...

2006-05-04 06:43:13

By Silvia Aloisi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Thursday China's appointment of two Catholic bishops without his blessing was a "grave violation of religious freedom," heightening tensions between the Vatican and Beijing. The ordinations were a major setback for relations between the Holy See and China, which had appeared to be improving in recent years, raising expectations that full diplomatic ties cut in 1951 could eventually be restored. "The Holy Father learned...

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...

2006-04-12 21:52:47

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has no timetable for re-establishing ties with the Vatican, a religious official was quoted as saying, throwing into doubt earlier reports that the two sides could have diplomatic relations by the 2008 Olympics. Qi Xiaofei, deputy head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, made the remarks on Wednesday in Hangzhou where the World Buddhist Forum, China's first international religious meeting since the Communists swept to power in 1949, got under...

2006-04-03 01:34:37

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China and the Vatican could re-establish diplomatic relations by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Roman Catholic clergyman in the country, said on Monday. Ties were cut in 1951 and the Vatican has formal relations with Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers a breakaway province. But momentum has been building in recent years for the Vatican to make the switch from Taiwan to China. As a precondition, Beijing insists...

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...


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