Department of History holds international conference on the Catholic Church in China since 1979

2018-06-21
Department of History Professor Cindy Chu (left) greets Fr Gianni Criveller

The International Conference on the Catholic Church in China since 1979 jointly organised by the Department of History, Modern History Research Centre and Yuan Dao Study Society was held on 14 and 15 June.
 
A total of 17 scholars and Catholics from prestigious institutions in the United States, Italy, Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong participated in the Workshop. Fr Gianni Criveller from PIME International School of Theology delivered a keynote speech entitled “Being a Chinese Catholic since 1979: Walking an Uneasy Path in a Changing Country”. Fr. Criveller introduced the history of the “open door policy” in China, followed by the challenges and difficulties in evangelisation faced by Catholics in China.
 
The Workshop consisted of six sessions covering diverse topics on the development of the Catholic Church in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. At the Conference, participants discussed the present situation of Catholics in China, their livelihood, the problems that they encountered and the future development of their missions from historical and other perspectives. Participants also examined current issues and challenges, such as the appointment of bishops in China and agreements between the Vatican and Beijing.