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Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

Holy See Study Mission

THE title on his business card gives little away – Holy See Study Mission, Hong Kong. For the past seven-and-a-half years, Monsignor Ante Jozic, an astute Croatian who previously worked at the Holy See nunciature in Moscow, has held one of the Catholic Church’s most delicate and intriguing diplomatic positions anywhere in the world. Working under the innocuous “study mission” ... Read More »

Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Faith of parents in Communist China led to Rochedale parish priest’s vocation

Fr Baiyi Gong

CHINESE priest Fr Baiyi Gong may not have become Rochedale’s new pastor if China’s Communist Party hadn’t closed the seminary where his father was training to be a priest. Originally from the Hubei province, Fr Gong is from a village where about 80 per cent of the population is Catholic. Belgian Franciscan Friars brought the faith into Hubei province, which ... Read More »

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