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The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao in Qingdao Cathedral, China, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Chinese Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop

Nov 24, 2020

The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao.  Read more

Hongkongers march in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, July 2019

Catholic student jailed in Hong Kong for pro-democracy protest

Nov 23, 2020

Three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, including Catholic university student Agnes Chow, pled guilty on Monday for their roles in... Read more

The flag of the People’s Republic of China.

China’s five-year plan proposal stresses eugenics in birth policy, says expert

Nov 13, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Chinese government’s latest five-year plan proposal contains a birth policy with an emphasis on eugenics, a China scholar said... Read more

Report: Catholic nuns in China forced out of convent amid government harassment 

Nov 4, 2020

Due to pressure from the Chinese government, eight Catholic nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in the... Read more

Uighur farmers in Xinjiang Provence, China.

Senators condemn Chinese 'genocide' against Uyghurs

Oct 28, 2020

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution on Monday to declare China’s actions against the Uyghur population as genocide.   Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart the main Catholic church of Dali, Yunnan, China.

China continued religious crackdown during renewal of Vatican deal

Oct 26, 2020

The Chinese government continued to enforce sweeping restrictions on religious freedom in the weeks prior to the renewal of an agreement with... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

Oct 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Where China's bishops stand as the Sino-Vatican deal is renewed

Oct 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Chinese bishops after the Vatican-China deal: Who was appointed? Whose excommunications were lifted? Who stepped aside?  Read more

Chinese flag.

Vatican and China renew provisional agreement on appointment of bishops

Oct 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican and China have renewed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops for two more years, the Holy... Read more

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

Addition of Cuba, China, Russia to UN Human Rights Council draws criticism

Oct 15, 2020

A human rights group in Cuba criticized the election of China, Cuba, and Russia to the UN Human Rights Council,... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai.

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

Oct 7, 2020

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

Oct 7, 2020

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

Bishop Guo Xijin.

Chinese bishop resigns as deadline for renewing Vatican deal nears

Oct 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin defends China deal as Vatican prepares to renew agreement

Oct 3, 2020

Cardinal Pietro Parolin defended the Vatican’s controversial deal with China Saturday, saying that all recent popes sought such an agreement... Read more

Vatican official hails ‘positive’ results of China deal amid report that Holy See delegation is heading to Beijing

Sep 29, 2020

A Vatican official hailed the “positive” results of the Holy See’s provisional agreement with China Tuesday amid reports that a... 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

Sep 23, 2020

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

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

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

Sep 21, 2020

By Ed Condon

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 

Sep 19, 2020

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

China computer hacking.

China-linked hackers accused of targeting Vatican network weeks before deal renewal

Sep 17, 2020

State-sponsored hackers targeted Vatican computer networks just weeks before the provisional agreement between China and the Holy See is due... Read more

President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

US Commission: Vatican-China deal should focus on religious freedom

Sep 15, 2020

Religious freedom must be the result of any renewed Vatican agreement with China, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom... Read more