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An elderly Chinese woman walks with her granddaughter.

Human rights activist to China: Don’t wait till 2025 to lift all birth restrictions

Jun 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

For decades, China has enforced draconian population policies. Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Myanmar military arrest Catholic priest amid crackdown

Jun 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Michael Aung Ling was accused of providing food to a civil resistance group. Read more

People light candles at a Tiananmen vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, June 4, 2020

Cardinal Zen, U.S. legislators commemorate Tiananmen Square massacre

Jun 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, on Friday prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre... Read more

Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

Hong Kong advocacy organization condemns China's refusal to allow commemoration of Tiananmen Square protests

Jun 3, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

An organization aiming to support the democratic movement and religious freedom in Hong Kong spoke out on Thursday against China’s... Read more

China unveils 3-child policy amid sharp drop in births

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

The country recorded 12 million births in 2020, the lowest number recorded since the 1960s. Read more

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim has died at age 69

May 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, the vicar apostolic of Brunei, died Saturday in a hospital in Taiwan. Read more

Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

Hong Kong Catholic churches plan Masses commemorating Tiananmen victims

May 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The churches will offer a Mass for the Dead on the night of June 4. Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Four killed as Myanmar army artillery shell hits Catholic church

May 25, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Vatican News reported that all those killed and injured were Catholics. Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, S.J., who was appointed Bishop of Hong Kong May 17, 2021.

Hong Kong bishop appointment shows pope's preference for religious

May 21, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For several informed sources inside the Vatican, the appointment of the Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, a Jesuit, as Bishop of... Read more

Hong Kong Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan.

Hong Kong bishop-elect: I am not afraid, but I believe prudence is a virtue

May 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Stephen Chow was speaking a May 18 press conference. Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained in China's Xinjiang region

May 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated... Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow, S.J.

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow as new bishop of Hong Kong

May 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Chow, 61, has served as the provincial of the Jesuits’ Chinese Province since 2018. Read more

A worker refills medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in New Delhi, India.

Catholic university in India opens COVID-19 care centers

May 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers for people with no place to isolate at home. Read more

Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police

May 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The image of Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begging police not to attack protesters went viral. Read more

Gulchehra Hoja speaks at a U.S. Embassy to the Holy See virtual event on May 11, 2021.

Uyghur journalist: ‘The Chinese government sees any religion as a threat to its rule’

May 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Gulchehra Hoja spoke at a virtual event hosted by the U.S. embassy to the Holy See. Read more

Fr. Rhoel Gallardo (1965-2000).

Sainthood cause opened for Filipino priest killed by Islamists in 2000

May 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Rhoel Gallardo died after being held for 43 days by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. Read more

Sri Lanka's government proposes burqa ban

Apr 29, 2021

Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in... Read more

April 21, 2021: Catholics mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 260 people.

Former Sri Lankan cabinet minister arrested for alleged links to Easter 2019 anti-Christian terror

Apr 28, 2021

Two years after bombings in Sri Lanka killed hundreds at several churches and hotels on Easter, police on Saturday arrested... Read more

A worker refills medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in New Delhi, India.

Five Catholic priests in Indian diocese die of COVID-19 in 10 days

Apr 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

One bishop said: “I have seven priests in hospital right now, and those are the lucky ones who found a... Read more

British human rights campaigner Benedict Rogers

‘It would make a big difference’: Human rights activist urges Vatican to change tack on China

Apr 23, 2021

Benedict Rogers talks to CNA about the Holy See, China, and the search for the next Catholic bishop of Hong... Read more