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Beijing bishop thanks pope


In his first words as the new pastor for the Beijing diocese, Bishop Joseph Li Shan has thanked the pope and promised to visit every parish of the Chinese capital.

AsiaNews reports that Monsignor Li began his ministry by promising to visit each and every parish in his diocese of 50,000.

He was ordained last Friday in a ceremony attended by government and patriotic church officials. His appointment received Vatican approval.

Referring to the Vatican's efforts at rapprochement said: "I wish to thank the Pope".

AsiaNews said his words of thanks to the Holy Father cleared the air of any doubts that might have lingered about the ordination's legitimacy.

The Vatican had kept silent until the end. It signalled its approval through publication of an article in the newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, rather than by issuing an official statement.

Many members of the official and underground Church were disappointed by the Vatican's silence.

Unlike the letter the Pope wrote to Chinese Catholics in late June, many believe that this attitude runs the risk of creating confusion among the faithful.

In his letter Benedict XVI had called upon bishops recognised by the Holy See to bring their recognition "into the public domain" and had urged "legitimised Bishops to provide unequivocal and increasing signs of full communion with the Successor of Peter".


SOURCE
I wish to thank the Pope, says new Beijing bishop (AsiaNews, 24/9/07)

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25 Sep 2007