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ICC Note: Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai was put under house arrest last year after publicly refusing to work with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA). The CCPA is the government controlled branch of the Catholic church in China and often comes into conflict with the Vatican for ordaining its own clergy. Bishop Ma’s public refusal to work with this organization at his ordination was an incredibly bold stance against government control of the Church. Authorities have placed Bishop Ma under house arrest and he has undergone “re-education” classes. 
7/8/2013 China (UCA News) – Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai yesterday received greetings from his flock through cyberspace a year after his controversial episcopal ordination.
Bishop Ma’s movements have been restricted since he publicly quit his post in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association at his Episcopal ordination on July 7, 2012.
However, he continues to offer daily reflections on the Gospel and on the Year of Faith through weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter). He also occasionally remarks on social issues or responds to questions from laypeople.
Yesterday, he offered prayers for two Chinese students who died in a plane crash in San Francisco and their families on his weibo, which has 23,000 followers.
Many bloggers sent greetings to him, and expressed their solidarity with the 46-year-old prelate.
The choir of St Peter’s Church in Shanghai tweeted: “July 7 was the prelude of the Chinese people’s war of resistance again Japanese invasion [in 1937] and a turning point in our nationhood’s revival. Last year’s July 7 was also an everlasting commemoration day of our Church.”

Shanghai Catholics have missed their young bishop, especially since his predecessor Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of the “open” Church community died in late April.
Bishop Ma was not allowed to attend the funeral and was removed from the Sheshan Seminary in Shanghai, where he was being detained, to avoid attracting too many pilgrims to a nearby famous Marian shrine in May.
Since then, he has not returned to the seminary.
Church sources have told that his two-month study session at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism has probably ended. He visits his elder sister’s house during weekends and is consulting doctors, they said.

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