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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...

2005-07-29 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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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