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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims

Cardinal Joseph Zen has rejected claims that the 2018 Vatican-China deal was approved in draft form by Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai.

Catholic Hong Kong activist Jimmy Lai: ‘The Lord is suffering with me’

A recently arrested Hong Kong entrepreneur and media executive said this week that he plans to stay in Hong Kong... Read more

Flag of the United Nations.

Investigate China for Uighur persecution, 39 nations tell UN

The United States joined 38 other countries Tuesday in signing a joint statement to the United Nations condemning Chinese human... Read more

Catholic bishops in Queensland aim to educate on sanctity of life

The bishops of the five dioceses in Australia's Queensland state have written a pastoral letter urging that euthanasia and assisted... Read more

Bishop Guo Xijin.

By Courtney Mares

Chinese bishop resigns as deadline for renewing Vatican deal nears

Ahead of the expected renewal of the Vatican-China deal this month, the former underground bishop of Mindong has announced his... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Diocese of Thái Bình, Vietnam.

By Courtney Mares

Catholic diocese in Vietnam builds new seminary amid rising vocations

A diocese in northern Vietnam is expanding its seminary in response to an increasing number of priestly vocations.  Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell thanks Pope Francis after Cardinal Becciu resigns

Cardinal George Pell thanked Pope Francis Friday following the dramatic resignation of Vatican Cardinal Angelo Becciu.  Read more

Uyghurs learn gardening at reeducation camp in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang.

Uyghur detention centers in Xinjiang expanding, researchers find

Researchers at an Australian think tank have found that re-education camps for Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have expanded in... Read more

Street with market stalls with Chinese flags on every booth, Xinjiang, China.

House passes bill to fight import of goods from Uyghur labor camps

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to ensure goods sold in the U.S. are not made with... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Vatican Cardinal Tagle recovers from coronavirus

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the head of the Vatican’s evangelization congregation, has reportedly recovered from the coronavirus.   Read more

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

Xinjiang officials admit large drop in birth rate, attribute it to family planning

The government of China's Xinjiang autonomous region has acknowledged that birth rates there fell by nearly a third in 2018,... Read more

Chineses, Taiwanese and Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock

China restates ‘one China’ policy on Taiwan in question on Vatican talks

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has underscored the country’s insistence that Taiwan not be recognized as... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Zen: Church is losing ‘credibility’ to evangelize China

The former Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has warned that the Church’s efforts to negotiate an extension... Read more

Report: Chinese government imprisoning more priests, bishops 

The Chinese government continues to imprison Catholic clergy - including bishops - who refuse to support the Communist Party, according... Read more

Investigation of 'suspicious fire' at Australian cathedral underway

A fire that burned some of the sacristy and part of the roof of St. Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore, Australia... Read more

Fr. Edward Tamer, a Franciscan friar who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 83. Photos courtesy of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

By Courtney Mares

‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19

When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan foreign ministry: Vatican-China deal will not affect diplomatic recognition

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.  Read more

Hand waiving rainbow flag.

Catholics say religious ed plan defies doctrine, while diocese defends curriculum

Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

South Korea flag.

Korean bishops back anti-discrimination law, with caveats

A South Korean bill banning discrimination across 26 different categories has hesitant support from the Catholic bishops of the country,... Read more