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Pope Francis waves at pilgrims from China at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese of Hong Kong, the Vatican announced Sunday.  Read more

Reported bishop ordinations in China not authorized by Holy See

Nov 7, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A statement made by the Vatican on Monday declared that unverified reports of bishop ordinations taking place within the so-called... Read more

What can Vatican-China relations learn from Vietnam?

Nov 2, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Amid reports of a possible agreement concerning the appointment of Chinese bishops, it is useful to look at the Church’s... Read more

China's 'disgraceful' human rights record gets worse every year

Oct 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

China’s “utterly disgraceful” human rights record is not just bad, it’s getting worse every year, a new Congressional report has... Read more

Mother Teresa of Calcutta circa 1986 at a public pro-life meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Mother Teresa's unfulfilled wish: to serve the poor in China

Sep 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

It’s a little-known fact that near the end of her life, Mother Teresa went to China three times in order... Read more

Chinese pilgrims from Shenzhen attend the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 5, 2016.

Beijing, Taipei, and the future of Vatican-Chinese relations

May 10, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A new phase in relations between the Holy See and mainland China could begin with a new vacancy in the... Read more

Why many women in China won't celebrate Mother's Day

May 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

Mothers across the globe are celebrating Mother’s Day today with their husbands and children. But for many women in China,... Read more

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Woman bulldozed to death in China signals new wave of oppression

Apr 27, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during his Nov. 11, 2015 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope stresses balance of work, family in new interview with Chinese paper

Feb 2, 2016

As the Chinese New Year approaches, Pope Francis has granted an interview to Hong Kong’s Asia Times in which he... Read more

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China's abuses take spotlight on Human Rights Day

Dec 10, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the world observes Human Rights Day, advocates have turned their focus to China for its egregious abuses, particularly the... Read more

China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

Oct 29, 2015

The Chinese government has moved its cap on the number of children per family from one to two, the state’s... Read more

Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Aug 17, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern... Read more

A passenger ship carrying 458 people sinks in Yangtze River in Jingzhou, China on June 2, 2015.

Pope offers prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster

Jun 3, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which... Read more

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

May 24, 2015

By Elise Harris, Kate Veik

Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind... Read more

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

May 11, 2015

Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion... Read more

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

May 8, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to... Read more

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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

Dec 12, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

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

Nov 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at... Read more

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From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding... Read more

Giovanni Pan, on (L) in pink, prays with Pope Francis as he leads Asian youth in Our Father Aug. 15, 2014.

Chinese youth moved to tears by Pope's informal remarks

Aug 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

A young man from Hong Kong was moved by Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks during the opening celebration of the 6th... Read more