DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     June 8, 1998     vol. 9, no. 110

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

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    CHINA WARNS VATICAN OVER NEW CHINESE-LANGUAGE NEWS SERVICE

          BEIJING (CWNews.com) - Communist China on Friday warned the Vatican not to interfere in its internal affairs after the Fides news agency announced on Thursday that it is launching a Chinese-language service aimed at Internet-savvy Chinese Catholics.

          "China hopes the Vatican will not use media and the Internet to interfere in China's internal affairs, including China's religious affairs," a foreign ministry spokesman said by telephone. Fides, the news agency of the Vatican Congregation for Evangelization, said the service is intended to spread news about the underground Catholic Church in China. Catholic Chinese are required by law to belong to state-sanctioned Patriotic Catholic Association which rejects certain Catholic doctrines, including the authority of the pope.

          The first official edition of the Chinese service, online at (http://www.fides.org), included news about the political crisis in Indonesia and the nuclear tests in India, Fides said.

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June 8, 1998       volume 9, no. 110
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