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Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Aug 17, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology.

Pope offers prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster

Jun 3, 2015 - 10:32 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem

May 24, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.

Despite changes, 'genocide' of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

May 11, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity.

How Chinese Catholics around the world are renewing their commitment to the Bible

May 8, 2015 - 06:00 am .- On the 25th anniversary of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to studying and praying with Scripture.

Francis lauds Nobel Peace laureates, declines to meet with Dalai Lama

Dec 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel laureates' efforts for peace but chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, who won the prize in 1989.

What's the biggest threat to Asia? Atheism, this cardinal says

Nov 21, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at stake in all of Asia and can only be salvaged by fervidly preaching the gospel.

From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

Chinese youth moved to tears by Pope's informal remarks

Aug 16, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A young man from Hong Kong was moved by Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks during the opening celebration of the 6th Asian Youth Day, stating that the pontiff spoke to them “heart-to-heart.”

Vatican 'shares the sadness' of Chinese youth barred from visiting Korea

Aug 14, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said.

China's youngest detainee decries torture of father

May 8, 2014 - 04:16 am .- Dubbed as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” Zhang Anni and her sister Ruli have voiced their opposition to the government’s vicious treatment of their father, who resists the communist party.

Church bulldozing in China prompts religious freedom worries

May 6, 2014 - 01:57 pm .- Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country, a U.S. congressman has said.

Priest who survived labor camp recalls suffering as gift

Apr 2, 2014 - 10:17 am .- Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings.

Underground Chinese bishop in Shanghai dies at 97

Mar 19, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, a bishop of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China who spent decades under arrest for his faith, died March 16 at the age of 97.

Institute rallies activism against China's one-child policy

Mar 14, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- The Population Research Institute has launched a new campaign to encourage effective human rights activism among those concerned about the victims of China's coercive one-child policy.

China one-child policy denounced as violating women's rights

Aug 31, 2013 - 04:14 pm .- As stories of forced abortions continue to surface in China, a women’s rights activist is arguing that the nation’s one-child policy has widespread negative effects on the society, particularly its women.

Activist's departure from NYU draws fear of Chinese pressure

Jun 19, 2013 - 05:22 pm .- Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human rights defenders are worried that the decision was influenced by the Chinese government.

State Department asked to aid Chen Guangcheng's nephew

May 15, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- A bipartisan coalition of Congress members has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for government action to protect the family members of Chinese pro-life leader Chen Guangcheng.

Blind activist appeals to US over China's human rights abuses

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:34 pm .- Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

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