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Barred from China, cardinal sees native land from coastal island

August 31, 2011

An elderly Chinese cardinal, unable to visit his native land, came as close as he could when he traveled to the island of Matsu, just off the Chinese coast, to speak at a conference there.

Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, the retired Archbishop of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has been denied a visa to visit the mainland. Matsu remains under the control of Taiwan, but is much closer to the mainland, and in fact the Chinese shore is clearly visible from the little island.


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