Reports of plans to destroy the historic church circulated on Chinese social media after it emerged that local government officials intend to seize Church lands on either side of the cathedral.
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The thousand-year history and present state of affairs offer a mixture of hope and concern.
Asia News reported that the priests are being ‘indoctrinated on the religious policy of the Chinese government.’
The former bishop of Hong Kong wrote a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday.
Some U.S. leaders contend that it concedes too much power to the government, undermines efforts to protect religious groups.
Holy Father encourages Chinese Catholics to work toward communion following a Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops.
Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin of Mindong, who is loyal to the Holy See, was detained Monday.
Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, a Vatican consultant and regular visitor to China, discusses the Chinese bishops’ rationale for the impending rapprochement between the Vatican and the Chinese government.
Holy See statement responds to letter by Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong.