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Hong Kong’s Catholic Bishop (in communion with the Pope) Will Visit His Counterpart of Beijing (of the Patriotic Church controlled by China)

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(ZENIT Noticias / Hong Kong, 20.03.2023).- A press release of the Diocese of Hong Kong, states: “By invitation of Bishop Joseph Li Shan, of the Diocese of Beijing, Bishop Stephen Chow, SJ, of the Diocese of Hong Kong, Auxiliary Bishop, Joseph Ha, OFM, and the Vicar General, Father Peter Choy, will travel to the Diocese of Beijing for a five-day visit, beginning on April 17.”

According to Bishop Chow, this visit underscores the mission of the Hong Kong Diocese to be a bridge Church and to promote exchanges and interactions between both sides. The invitation of the Beijing Diocese was received some time last year, and was accepted in a spirit of brotherhood at the end of last year.

MEIXIAN COUNTY, CHINA – MAY 2: (CHINA OUT) Catholics walk to the simulated crucified site of Jesus at Cross Hill at Paowo Village on May 2, 2007 in Meixian County of Shaanxi Province, China. Cross Hill is a Cross Hill is a Catholic holy place first built by missionary Liu Jialu as a simulation of Calvary. Liu was approved by the Pope Pius VI to name the place “Cross Hill”. In 1777, Bishop Nania of Shaanxi Province appointed May 3 and September 14 as the Holy Day for all people who came to worship, according to local media. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

In addition to the three priests, the delegation will include Bishop Wong Ka-chun’s personal assistant. The Bishop of Hong Kong, in communion with the Pope, begs his brothers, sisters and friends in Christ to pray for the success of the visit. As is known, the Bishop of Beijing, capital of China, is controlled by the Communist Government. At present it is in communion with the Pope, but under the Government’s control.