Vatican official blasts revocation of bishop’s appointment

SHANGHAI, CHINA – A Vatican official has sharply criticised the revocation of a China bishop’s appointment by the government-sanctioned bishops’ conference, saying that it “lacks any juridical value”.In a statement released at the Vatican on Dec 13, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, said even legitimately established and [...]

Official Visit Of A United Kingdom Ministerial Delegation

Vatican City, 14 February 2012 (VIS) - A delegation of ministers from the United Kingdom is today beginning an official visit to the Vatican to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The delegation is led by Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi representing the prime minister, and includes [...]

Vatican official wants legal recourse for jailed Chinese priests

“If these people have done something wrong, please send them to court, not to prison or isolation.” – Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s highest-ranking Chinese official has called on Beijing to release arrested Catholic bishops and priests, saying their continued detention “damages [...]

Philippine senators: Bishops can keep gifts from official charity

Archbishop Quevedo answers Philippine senators’ questions during the July 13 hearing. CNS photoMANILA – Senators have exonerated seven Catholic bishops who accepted donations of money and vehicles from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.The senators said there was nothing irregular in the bishops’ actions, because the vehicles were [...]

Chinese Catholics struggle with idea of unified Church: Vatican official

Coadjutor Bishop Wang Renlei of Xuzhou greeting Catholics after his ordination Mass in Xuzhou, China, in 2006. He was ordained without Vatican approval. CNS photo/UCANVATICAN CITY – While Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged Catholics in mainland China to reconcile with one another and form one community united with Rome, some Chinese Catholics believe the only [...]

Vatican congregation official meets with local Catholics

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.It is important to show hospitality to migrants and help them feel that the Church is a welcoming community, said Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, the new secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.“If we can … acquaint ourselves with the [...]

Official recognition of Shahbaz Bhatti by institutions

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Streets that lead to the village of Kushpur, in Punjab, will be named after Shahbaz Bhatti; the President of Pakistan Ali Zardari – by request from the executive, led by Premier Gilani – has decided to confer Bhatti with the coveted “Hilal-e-Shuja’at”, awarded posthumously, which is a prize for personalities who [...]

Vatican official confident of religious freedom in Vietnam

Seminarians carry statues of Mary and the Christ Child before a Mass as part of Jubilee Year celebrations at Vietnam’s La Vang Basilica on Jan 5.LA VANG – On a visit to Vietnam for the Catholic Church’s closing ceremony of the Jubilee Year 2010, papal special envoy Cardinal Ivan Dias expressed confidence that religious freedom [...]