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Chinese diocese’s web site features pictures of Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica

September 06, 2010

A Chinese diocese whose bishop has received government recognition despite his refusal to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association has a web site that prominently features pictures of Pope Benedict and St. Peter’s Basilica. The web site was mentioned in a brief report by the Fides news agency.

The diocese’s bishop, who is recognized by the Vatican as well, organized a retreat for 32 of his diocese’s 38 priests from August 23 to 31. “The goal of the retreat for 2010 was for us priests to strive for personal holiness in order to help others strive for holiness,” said Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, 88, of the central Chinese city of Fengxiang. “The priesthood has supernatural characteristics. When the retreat does not bring about a spiritual renewal, it means that we have not reached this spiritual, supernatural level.”

Bishop Li was one of four Chinese bishops whom Pope Benedict invited to attend the 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. The nation’s Communist government refused to allow the four to travel to the Vatican.


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