The first seminary for student priests in China's breakaway Roman Catholic Church has been opened in Shanghai.
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Background: SHANGHAI, CHINA
The first seminary for student priests in China's breakaway Roman Catholic Church has been opened in Shanghai. The class consists of 36 men from Shanghai and the neighbouring provinces of Eastern China. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Bishop Michael Yang Gaojian, vice-chairman of the China Patriotic Catholic Association, and more than 200 bishops, priests and nuns. Speaking at the ceremony Bishop Louis Zhang Jiashu, Primate of the Independent Chinese Church, said that former Roman Catholic seminaries and convents in China were manipulated by foreign forces and served the interests of colonialism. Bishop Jiashu said the establishment of a seminary which has no foreign domination is solely for the purpose of training priests who are patriotic and who love their religion. China's Catholic Church broke away with Rome in the late 1950s to survive under communist rule, but an underground church royal to the Vatican still exists.
Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION