February 21, 2013

Chinese Media Goes Dark on Pope

Anthony Clark, Catholic World Report

After a week of international news coverage about the pope's imminent retirement, China's news has so far failed to announce it. China's Catholics, even the priests, are still unaware of what is happening in Rome, and this media silence in China about the pope's retirement comes at a time when the government has begun a three-part campaign to "eradicate non-sanctioned Christian activities." The government's official response to the pope's announcement has not appeared in the news, which reiterates the Communist party line. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stated:

"We have noted relevant reports. China is always sincere in the improvement of China-Vatican relations, and would like to do so based on the two basic...

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