In Memory of Matteo Ricci (†11 May 1610): ‘Shaped by the Chinese’
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In Memory of Matteo Ricci (†11 May 1610): ‘Shaped by the Chinese’

Looking at Ricci, one can discern several characteristics that can be labelled the ‘Ricci method’. However, this method has too often been presented as the result of the proactive Self, at the neglect of the influence of the Chinese Other. I have tried to show that the role of the Other in the formation of…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities

Once again, the week of prayer for Christian unity is back. Once again, I would like to turn the spotlight on Chinese Christians. It is true that many of them do not know much about this joint initiative of the World Council of Churches and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Yet, with divisions among…

African Influences on Chinese Catholicism
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African Influences on Chinese Catholicism

Christians of all kinds are returning to the Middle Kingdom. But the Christian significance of the Afro-Chinese encounter is even more important, broader than the simple number of the newly baptized. Therefore, this article highlights a dimension that is rarely mentioned: it focuses on Africans who, as workers, students, diplomats or small businessmen, live in…

Hong Kong, China: Senior Clergy Could Be Sent to Mainland China for Trial under News Security Law
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Hong Kong, China: Senior Clergy Could Be Sent to Mainland China for Trial under News Security Law

Church leaders supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement including Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing could be sent to mainland China to be tried under its opaque, politicized system when onerous new security laws are passed by Beijing as early as the end of this month. The official draft of the laws has yet…

Wuhan, China: A Story of God’s Gentle Touch
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Wuhan, China: A Story of God’s Gentle Touch

In China, I have often noticed that there is a uniqueness about the faith journey of each person who receives baptism as an adult, especially when a person’s family has never had previous contact with the Church. Such experiences in China are a constant reminder that God’s Spirit finds its way to stir the hearts…

China: Remember Tienanmen – Prevent Tienanmen 2.0
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China: Remember Tienanmen – Prevent Tienanmen 2.0

Today the world is beginning to wake up to the sheer brutality, inhumanity and mendacity of the Chinese regime as we see the incarceration of more than a million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps, the way the regime’s repression of truth led to a global pandemic, and the direct threat it now poses to Hong…

Hong Kong: Beijing’s Surreptitious Strangling Exercise
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Hong Kong: Beijing’s Surreptitious Strangling Exercise

I have known Martin Lee for almost 23 years. He is the epitome of wisdom, reason and gentle, though courageous, conviction. To arrest individuals throwing bricks or Molotov cocktails may have a justification in law. But to arrest a mild-mannered, octogenarian establishment lawyer and former legislator, along with other similarly reasonable, moderate democrats, is among…

Organ Harvesting: Making China Accountable
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Organ Harvesting: Making China Accountable

A growing number of voices are calling for an international investigation into the root causes of the coronavirus pandemic, and many hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime responsible for its cover-up, its silencing of whistleblowers and its lack of transparency about the real death toll and infection rates. But if we are to hold…

‘Repressed, Removed, Re-educated’ – CSW Report on China’s ‘War against the Soul’
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‘Repressed, Removed, Re-educated’ – CSW Report on China’s ‘War against the Soul’

What can the world do in the face of this appalling assault on human dignity and conscience? The report makes several recommendations, but the most important is that at every opportunity, in public and in private, the international community must urge the Chinese regime to stop these grave violations of international human rights laws and…

China: 21st Century Challenges to the Catholic Church
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China: 21st Century Challenges to the Catholic Church

Contemporary China faces many social and ethical problems. Young Catholics, the hope of the future Church, are trying to understand how to integrate faith into their lives and relate it to other social needs. They want to develop an effective adult ministry and that asks for greater collaboration and co-operation between clergy and adult leadership….

Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China
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Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope. The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens. They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community. Let us pray together that the Church in…

China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century
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China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century

In the last twenty years, a good number of priests, nuns and laity were sent to abroad for further study, e.g., to the Philippines, the USA, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France and Taiwan. Some even studied for doctoral degrees. It is clear that these returnee priests, nuns and laity have encountered a variety of difficulties and…