18 May '11, 12pm

The pressure of the Chinese government for Catholic bishops to be independent of Rome continues to be a problem....

The pressure of the Chinese government for Catholic bishops to be independent of Rome continues to be a problem....

The pope called for prayers for the Church in China, 'that it remain one, holy and Catholic, faithful and steadfast in doctrine'. The Holy See has since condemned the authorities in China for intimidating or putting undue pressure on Chinese faithful to break away from Rome. -- PHOTO: AFP VATICAN CITY - POPE Benedict XVI called on Catholics across the world on Wednesday to pray that Chinese bishops refuse to separate from Rome, in spite of 'pressure' from communist authorities. The pontiff appealed for prayers for the 5.7 million-odd Chinese Catholics caught between staying loyal to the ruling Communist Party in Beijing and an 'underground' Church loyal to Rome but not recognised by the authorities. 'We know that among our brother bishops there are some who suffer and find themselves under pressure in the exercise of their episcopal ministry,' Pope Benedict XVI said at the...

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