Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/14/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

China has kept Pope at a distance due to Catholicism's rise there

On his way to South Korea, Pope Francis bid China a friendly greeting. "Upon entering Chinese air space, I extend best wishes to your Excellency and your fellow citizens, and I invoke the divine blessings of peace and well-being upon the nation," the Pope said in a message radioed to Xi, which is a Vatican custom during a papal over-flight.

The Pope's South Korean visit marked the first ever papal flight across China.

The Pope's South Korean visit marked the first ever papal flight across China.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/14/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, China, persecution, South Korean trip


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The greeting to President Xi Jinping is being seen by some as the Catholic Church's outreach to the Asian giant. China is keeping the papal visit at arms-length as Francis begins the first papal visit to Asia in nearly 15 years. There was talk about a possible visit to Beijing which was later abandoned.

The occasion marked the first ever papal flight across China. It arrives at a time during the most severe Chinese crackdown on Christianity in years. Chinese authorities have reportedly issued a countrywide ban on Catholic pilgrimages to South Korea during the pope's five-day visit.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Chinese authorities have destroyed or ordered the removal of crosses at 231 churches this year in Zh

Chinese authorities have destroyed or ordered the removal of crosses at 231 churches this year in Zhejiang, a wealthy southeastern province with a large Christian population.


In addition, Chinese authorities have destroyed or ordered the removal of crosses at 231 churches this year in Zhejiang, a wealthy southeastern province with a large Christian population.

The Chinese government allowed the Pope's passage over Inner Mongolia and past Beijing before skirting North Korea and landing in Seoul. Of the 10 countries the pope's plane crossed en route to Seoul, only messages to nominally Communist China and Mongolia failed to mention "God."

Relations between the Vatican and Beijing have been strained. Both sides continue to disagree over ordinations. Chinese authorities have detained apostolic administrator Father Peng Weizhao in a hostel in southeastern Jiangxi province since May.

Relations between the Vatican and Beijing have been strained. Both sides continue to disagree over o

Relations between the Vatican and Beijing have been strained. Both sides continue to disagree over ordinations.


Despite this, the Vatican has publicly remained upbeat about relations with China. Representatives from both sides reportedly met in June, and the Pope earlier this year played up written correspondences between himself and Xi during an interview with the Italian press.

"There are relations," he said. "The Chinese are a great people whom I care about."

Cardinal Pietro Parolin recently told the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana that the Vatican hopes for "a respectful and constructive dialogue" in a bid to improve shrinking religious freedoms in China.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Living Faith

Vatican deeply apologizes for Pope Francis' Argentina 'Mexicanization' comment Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis did not mean any offense - but in a private email about his native land Argentina's drug trafficking issues, the pope expressed concern over Argentina's "Mexicanization." The Vatican is now trying to clarify and apologize to any parties that may ... continue reading


UPDATE: Two years after resignation Pope Emeritus Benedict said to be doing well Watch

Image of Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to be in better health since his resignation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With Pope Francis in the spotlight, many wonder what is happening with Pope Emeritus Benedict, who is keeping true to his pledge to remain out of the public eye. For the curious, we have good news, Pope Emeritus Benedict is doing well, if not even better than before. ... continue reading


Beating swords into plowshares

Image of

By Tony Magliano

"In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills," writes the prophet Isaiah. "Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord's mountain . that he may instruct us in his ... continue reading


Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure on Counsel Watch

Image of

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

In Bonaventure's analysis of this gift of counsel, there are three steps to sound counsel, which we may also call distinctions.  Counsel relates to whether something is permitted, and, if permitted, whether it is appropriate, and, if permitted and ... continue reading


Pope Francis wants you to pray to end Christian persecution. But will Catholics answer him?

Image of Christians face more than the Islamic State. Destitute, they lack sanitation, privacy, food and water, and their spiritual end educational needs aren't being met. A tremendous effort will be needed to restore these people. Let us pray.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With the mass kidnapping of over 100 Christians in Syria, it has become painfully clear that the Islamic State thinks nothing of targeting innocent civilians and children, threatening, enslaving and murdering anyone whose faith is different. We need now, more than ... continue reading


Saint Gregory of Narek to become 36 Doctor of the Church Watch

Image of An image of Saint Gregory of Narek on an illuminated manuscript.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An Armenian monk and poet from the 10th-century has been named a Doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Francis, an announcement which may be timed coming so close before the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, in which over a million Armenians were ... continue reading


Join Pope Francis and Christians around the world in a Global Day of Prayer to STOP the violent persecution of Christians at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists

Image of The world is asked to join in prayer to end the grave dangers Christians face around the globe.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

We have come to a time of great trial and tribulation in the Church. Christians around the world face more persecution today than they did in ancient Rome. On a daily basis, Christians are being martyred only because they refuse to renounce their faith. It is time for ... continue reading


YCVF Reports - what your generosity did for Syrian and Iraqi Christians in 2014!

Image of YCVF has helped thousands in need. You can be part of this success too. Help now!

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Your Catholic Voice Foundation 2014 Report - Last year, caring, devoted Catholics such as you made thousands of donations to care for Christians in Syria and Iraq. At this time, Your Catholic Voice Foundation would like to report how your donations made a difference. ... continue reading


First Sunday of Lent: Enter the Desert and Fight the World, the Flesh and the Devil Watch

Image of Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the desert, for us! There, he did battle with the world, the flesh and the devil, for us!

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Let us enter into the desert in Jesus and embrace the Lenten way of voluntary sacrifice, fasting, prayer and alms giving. In so doing, we will receive the much needed grace it offers - and be made ready to celebrate in even greater freedom the Victory Feast of ... continue reading


Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure on Fortitude Watch

Image of

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

The gift of fortitude comes to us through the "unassailable shield of faith," the "serene solace of hope," and the "inextinguishable fire of love," and so it follows that we must ask that God increase our faith, our hope, and our love of Him.  [V, 9]  It is ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
12 The king said to Queen Esther, 'In the citadel of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8
1 [Of David] I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 7:7-12
7 'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 26th, 2015 Image

St. Isabel of France
February 26: Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter