INTRODUCTION: One of the five new bishops consecrated in peking on Saturday (25 July) has been quoted as saying the appointments are calculated blow to the Vatican.
GV INT Cathedral during ceremony
2 GV New Bishop of Shenyang Paul Xu Zhenjiang being robed.
SV Other Bishop being fitted with robes and mitres
SV Procession leaving altar
SV New bishops following procession (2 shots)
SV New Bishops blessing crowds outside Cathedral (2 shots)
GV Members of public leaving church after ceremony
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Background: INTRODUCTION: One of the five new bishops consecrated in peking on Saturday (25 July) has been quoted as saying the appointments are calculated blow to the Vatican. The New China Agency claims that the new Bishop of Shenyang, Paul Xu Zhenjiang, has said China's breakaway Catholic Church has again shown its determination to function independently.
SYNOPSIS: Bishops for the dioceses of Shenyang, Naking, Suzhou, Tianshui and Dali were consecrated in the ceremony. Bishop Xu was quoted as saying the appointments were a "counterblow to the Vatican".
There's been renewed animosity towards the Vatican since the papal appointment of a Archbishop last month. It prompted a strong reaction within the Chines catholic authorities, with the Church later stripping him of his status.
Twenty-seven Bishops took part in the consecration ceremony, which was conducted in Latin and Chinese, The appointment of the new bishops were approved at a Peking meeting of the Chinese Bishops College, shortly after the Papal appointment controversy. The College is the ruling body of the Chinese Catholic Church.
A congregation of several hundred people, mostly middle-aged women, packed the aisles of the Cathedral, which was founded by the Jesuits in the Seventeenth Century. The service received in China, with television cameras recording the event.
It was also the first major consecration since religion was suppressed during the Maoist Cultural Revolution.