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Two cardinals among 80 faith leaders demanding justice for Uyghurs in China

TWO cardinals joined 74 other religious leaders in a written statement that condemned the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs as “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the holocaust”. Jakarta Archbishop Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo and Yangon Archbishop Cardinal Charles Maung Bo called for “prayer, solidarity and action to end these mass atrocities”. Other Catholic leaders like England and Wales ... Read More »

Columban Father Warren Kinne reflects on 50 years as a priest and his travels on the road proclaiming Jesus

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne remembers fondly his early years as a missionary, zipping between villages on a Honda motorbike. “In the early 70s we would have been some of the first missionaries to seriously get into bikes,” Fr Kinne, celebrating 50 years of priesthood, said. The 74-year-old Columban who grew up in Bundaberg, chuckled as he reflected on his far-flung ... Read More »

Chinese Catholic in Wuhan says epicentre of novel coronavirus marked by a ‘weird quiet’

THE streets are empty, people stay indoors and a “horrifying silence” has gripped Wuhan, at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. The central Chinese city of 11 million people has been under quarantine lockdown since January 23, with no transport links in or out, and residents facing food queues and shortages of essential supplies including face masks.  Across China, nearly ... Read More »

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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