China still struggling to implement Vatican II
The Church in China is still catching up with the Second Vatican Council four decades after the council began, according to the director of a Church social service centre in mainland China.
In an interview with UCA News, Fr John Baptist Zhang Shijiang said the teachings that emerged from Vatican II reached the Church in China only after church buildings, closed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), were reopened in the late 1970s and Chinese from overseas could again visit the mainland in the early 1980s.
Fr Zhang, 38, heads Beifang Jinde Catholic Social Service Centre in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province.
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