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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part II, Hong Kong

Jul 23, 2020

By Ed Condon

As the Vatican and China negotiate an extension of the controversial 2018 deal, the Diocese of Hong Kong is at... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

China turns surveillance state on religious gatherings

Jul 22, 2020

By Matt Hadro

China is using advanced technology to monitor both public and private religious gatherings, witnesses told a federal hearing on Wednesday.  Read more

People praying in Shanghai, China.

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support

Jul 21, 2020

Government authorities in Shanxi, China, have ordered people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures... Read more

A pro-democracy supporter takes part in a rally to support teachers at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong on January 3, 2020.

Hong Kong diocese targeted by Chinese hacking attempts

Jul 17, 2020

The Diocese of Hong Kong has been targeted by “spear-phishing” operations from the Chinese government, a technology publication is reporting.  Read more

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Baby bust: New report predicts global population crash

Jul 15, 2020

A new study published in a leading British medical journal predicts that the total fertility rate worldwide will drop well... Read more

Uighurs learn gardening at reeducation camp (vocational skills training center) in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture in Xinjiang.

State Department: ‘Threats’ from China won’t stop US fight for Uyghur human rights

Jul 14, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The State Department on Monday said that Chinese sanctions of U.S. officials will not stop the U.S. from holding China... Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China sanctions U.S. religious freedom ambassador over Uyghurs

Jul 13, 2020

Chinese sanctions against Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Sen. Ted Cruz , Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Chris... Read more

Joe Biden during his visit to Kiev and meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in 2016.

Biden condemns forced sterilizations by China

Jul 2, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned China’s forced sterilizations of Uyghur women on Wednesday—nine years after he told a Chinese... Read more

Protestors in Hong Kong.

House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong

Jul 1, 2020

The new national security law in Hong Kong is an assault on the rights of the people, Speaker of the... Read more

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

Cardinal Zen: 'No confidence' in HK religious freedom after new security law

Jun 30, 2020

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead... Read more

President Donald Trump at the White House, 2018.

Analysis: What is the Trump administration doing about the Uyghurs?

Jun 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Trump faces growing criticism for not financially sanctioning senior Chinese officials responsible for what the Congressional China Commission says may... Read more

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

Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in 'slow genocide'

Jun 29, 2020

The Chinese government is forcing Uyghur women to take contraceptives in an effort to slow the growing population. One expert... Read more

Cardinal John Tong Hon, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong.

New Hong Kong laws will have 'no effect' on religious freedom says cardinal

Jun 24, 2020

Cardinal John Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, has rejected concerns that new security and sedition laws for the... Read more

President Donald Trump at the White House, 2018.

US religious freedom commissioner says 'no excuse' for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions

Jun 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A federal religious freedom commissioner has said there is “no excuse” for the Trump administration “delaying action” to place sanctions on Chinese... Read more

Dalù stands in St. Peter’s Square.

Finding God in Shanghai: a Chinese convert’s path to faith

Jun 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

At his baptism at a Catholic church in Shanghai, Dalù said that he “cried like a baby” knowing that his... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli says Mass in Rome Jan. 22, 2016.

Vatican should renew China deal for ‘one or two years,’ says negotiator

Jun 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

With the Vatican’s interim deal with the Chinese government due to expire in September, an archbishop who helped to negotiate... Read more

Catholic Church of the Saviour in Xicheng District, Beijing, China.

Churches in China must preach 'patriotism' to reopen after coronavirus

Jun 5, 2020

State-sponsored Catholic authorities in parts of China have issued regulations on the reopening of churches during the coronavirus pandemic. The... Read more

People light candles as they attend a vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020.

In Hong Kong, thousands defy police to mark Tiananmen Square

Jun 4, 2020

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong held public vigils for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Thursday, despite... Read more

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton.

Bishop says UK must 'safeguard fundamental freedoms' in Hong Kong

Jun 3, 2020

A bishop has urged the U.K. Government to defend “fundamental freedoms” in Hong Kong after the Chinese parliament approved a... Read more

Protestors in Hong Kong march against the extradition bill in July, 2019.

Hong Kong police cancel Tiananmen Square vigil

Jun 1, 2020

Hong Kong police have reportedly curtailed a vigil for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, citing public health concerns.  Read more