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China: hardline Communist to influence Vatican relations

Catholic World News - August 29, 2011

Zhang Qingli, until recently the leading Communist official in Tibet, has been named the top Communist official in the northeast Chinese province of Hebei, home to a quarter of the nation’s Catholics. Priests in Hebei have been pressured--in some cases tortured--by officials trying to persuade them to register with the Catholic Patriotic Association.

“Zhang’s new post will give him an influential role in China’s relationship with the Vatican, which is in dispute with Beijing over control of church affairs, especially appointing bishops,” Reuters reports.

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  • Posted by: claire5327 - Aug. 29, 2011 11:54 PM ET USA

    The Founder of the Catholic Church was Christ Jesus, Son of The Living God, not by any other. No matter who is in power of the world, this will not change, all of the Catholic Faithfuls would rather die "for The greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls" then to submit to the will of any human power. "How is like God?"

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