ASIA/CHINA – Bishops and academics from Taiwan and mainland China gather in Xiamen to “walk together” during a seminar dedicated to inculturation

ASIA/CHINA – Bishops and academics from Taiwan and mainland China gather in Xiamen to “walk together” during a seminar dedicated to inculturation
ASIA/CHINA – Bishops and academics from Taiwan and mainland China gather in Xiamen to “walk together” during a seminar dedicated to inculturation

ASIA/CHINA – Bishops and academics from Taiwan and mainland China gather in Xiamen to “walk together” during a seminar dedicated to inculturation

Xiamen (Agenzia Fides) – “Walking together in love, hand in hand”: this is the title of the seminar on inculturation organized jointly by the bishops and researchers of the Church of Taiwan and the Church of Mainland China.
The seminar was held in the Diocese of Xiamen from May 22 to 25. Most Rev. Joseph Cai Bingrui, Bishop of Xiamen, warmly welcomed the brothers and sisters of the large Taiwanese delegation, led by Most Rev. John Baptist Huang Min-Cheng, OFM, Bishop of the Diocese of Tainan, and Most Rev. Thomas Chung Anzhu, Archbishop of Taipei. For the first time, the Catholic communities of Fujian and Taiwan shared such an experience of exchange and cooperation in the form of an academic seminar.
About 100 guests, including priests, scholars and lay people, participated in the various study sessions and visited Xiamen, Zhangzhou City and other places together.
During this moment of communion, 15 priests, academics and experts from the dioceses of Xiamen, Tainan and Kiayi, as well as academics from Xiamen University, Huaqiao University and Furen University (the latter based in Taipei) shared speeches and debates around the main theme “The historical origins, development of the Church and the process of inculturation of Catholicism in Fujian and Taiwan”. Starting from the proclamation of the Gospel, the life of communion and the practice of faith, the seminar participants retraced the journey of the Church from the historical origins of Catholicism on both sides of the Strait of Taiwan, also recalling the interactions between the two parties and the achievements of the respective Churches in the process of inculturation. Some speeches focused on the possible developments of an inculturated Catholic theology in the Chinese context, based on its roots in Tradition.
On May 24, the feast of Saint Mary Help of Christians and the date of the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, the Taiwanese delegation went on pilgrimage to Gaopu, in the diocese of Xiamen, hometown of Bishop Joseph Cheng Zaifa, who died in 2022, who also led the Archdiocese of Taipei from 2004 to 2007. After visiting the churches and the commercial port, the event concluded with a Eucharistic liturgy concelebrated in the Hou Ban Church, hometown of the Catholic Li Buchi, who arrived in Taiwan in 1859 and recognized as the initiator of the second phase of the evangelization of the island with the Spanish Dominicans who worked in the province of Fujian for two centuries. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 05/29/2024)

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