- Jan 18, 2020
Chinese officials in Henan province warned people to follow “the principle of religion and education separation” and the revised regulations on religious affairs. It said no religious venue should hold training sessions, and no children should be brought to church by parents.
A Catholic missionary news agency says an underground Chinese bishop who is a key player in a proposed Vatican-China deal over bishop nominations has been released.
Vatican diplomats’ efforts to reach an agreement with the Chinese government would turn bishops into government officials who cannot adequately shepherd their flock, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.
Hong Kong’s retired archbishop warned Friday that a deal between the Vatican and China that cedes too much power to Beijing would place the country’s Catholic followers in a big “birdcage.”
Since China’s new regulations for religious affairs took effect Feb. 1, minors have been banned from entering places of worship in several regions.