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The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei

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Written in English.

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Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei (1901-2000), a simple Chinese-born Roman Catholic priest and first native-born Bishop of Shanghai, led his people to bear witness to Christ in the world. For his unflinching loyalty to the Pope, the Successor of Saint Peter, he endured more than thirty years imprisonment at the hands of the Chinese Communist government. Throughout, Bishop Kung stood squarely to defend his position that he was a loyal citizen of his homeland. He loved China: he was born in China, grew up in China, and ministered as a priest and bishop in China; and it was in China that he hoped to die and be buried. His life of humble witness was not as an enemy of his homeland, but as a Chinese citizen who was also a faithful Roman Catholic, in communion with the Pope. His is the same claim as that of other witnesses to Christ throughout the life of the Roman Catholic Church: one can be both a faithful Catholic and a faithful citizen. This is his story.

Table of Contents

Youth and Early Education
Seminary Formation, Ordination, and Priestly Ministry
The First Native Son
Bishop of Shanghai
The Catholic Church and Communism
Chinese Communism and the Catholic Church
Bishop Kung's Plan: The First Pastoral Letter
The Catholic Students
Clarifying Positions
Bishop Kung's Battle Plan: His Second Pastoral Letter
The Persecution Intensifies
Catholics Do Battle
The Government Strikes and Catholics Resist
The Love-Country, Love-Church, Purge-Imperialist Struggle
Strike the Shephard, But the Shepherd Stood Firm
1954 Marian Year: Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholics Persecuted
Papal Clarification
The Catholic Church Family
Arrests: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
This Sacred Congregation
Public Trial and Condemnation of a Faithful Witness
Decades of Imprisonment
Bishop Kung's Appeal for Justice
Rome Remembers
Given to His Family: A Witness to the World from Stamford
Appendix 1 Bishop Kung's remarks during his episcopal Consecration, October 7, 1949, as the first Bishop od Soochow
Appendix 2 Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, Encyclical on Athestic Communism, March 19, 1937
Appendix 3 Bishop Ignatius Kung's First Pastoral Letter as Bishop of Shanghai, October 7, 1950
Appendix 4 Bishop Ignatius Kung's Second Pastoral Letter, April 22, 1951
Appendix 5 New Year Address by Shanghai Catholic Students to Bishop Kung, January 1, 1952
Appendix 6 Pope Pius XII, Apostolic Letter Cupimus imprimis, The Catholic Church in China, January 18, 1952
Appendix 7 Banner composed by Bishop Kung for the Catholic Students of Shanghai
Appendix 8 New Year Address by Shanghai Catholic Students to Bishop Kung, January 1, 1953
Appendix 9 Pope Pius XII's Encyclical Ad Sinarum Gentem, on the Supra nationality of the Church, October 7, 1954
Appendix 10 Pope Pius XII's Encyclical Ad Apostolorum Principis, On Communism and the Church in China, June 29, 1958
Appendix 11 Letter of Pope Paul VI to Bishop Ignatius Kung Pin-Meu, October 7, 1974
Appendix 12 Bishop Kung's Appeal Letter, 1979
Appendix 13 The Stations of the Cross composed by Bishop Kung during his imprisonment
Appendix 14 Cardinal Kung's Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ
Appendix 15 The First Public Sermon preached by Bishop Ignatius Kung after his release, given on the 33rd anniversary of the arrest of Catholics in Shanghai, Saint Joseph Medical Center, Stamford, Connecticut, September 8, 1988
Appendix 16 Cardinal Kung's sermon for Catholics in China, offered in the Church of the Queen of the Angels and Queen of the Martyrs, Rome, Italy, June 30, 1991
Appendix 17 Ignatius Cardinal Kung's sermon at the Mass of Possession of his Titular Church, Saint Sixtus II, Rome, Italy, July 1, 1991

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