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

Congress passes Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

May 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The House on Wednesday evening passed legislation to respond to the mass detention and other human rights violations against Uyghurs... Read more

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Chinese bishop who suffered years of forced labor dies at 98

May 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labor in the 1980s for bringing Catholics on pilgrimage... Read more

Pope Francis imparts a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2020.

Pope Francis entrusts China to the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday entrusted China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and asked all people to pray for a new outpouring... Read more

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Livestream of Mass with Pope Francis on Chinese social media raises censorship questions

May 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican revealed this week that Catholics in China were able to use the most popular Chinese state-monitored social media... Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio.

Senate approves Uyghur human rights bill

May 15, 2020

The Senate approved a bill on Thursday to sanction Chinese leaders complicit in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.  Read more

Civilta Cattolica.

La Civiltà Cattolica launches Chinese edition

Apr 24, 2020

The Catholic periodical La Civiltà Cattolica will now be published in simplified Chinese, in what its publishers say is an... Read more

Hong Kong protest in June 2019.

Arrested Catholic lawyer warns of Chinese repression in Hong Kong

Apr 24, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic lawyer says his arrest last Saturday is part of mainland China’s wide-ranging efforts to tighten control over Hong... Read more

Chen Guanchen, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research.

Chinese Communist Party 'is the most serious virus of all,' human rights activist says

Apr 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Chinese Communist Party covered up the spread of the coronavirus in the country, suppressing the real rate of infection and... Read more

An image of St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre from Wuhan, China courtesy of Dr. Anthony Clark.

China’s first saint was martyred on a cross in Wuhan

Apr 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

China’s first canonized saint was martyred by suffocation on a cross in Wuhan, the epicenter of today’s coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

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Vatican thanks Chinese groups for donations to combat coronavirus

Apr 9, 2020

The Vatican has thanked Chinese organizations for donating medical supplies to help it combat the coronavirus.  Read more

President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China.

China owes ‘apology and compensation’ for coronavirus, says cardinal

Apr 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Poor countries are suffering from the coronavirus because of the Chinese Communist Party’s negligence and repression, a cardinal from Burma... Read more

Factory in Shenzhen, China.

Did China use slave labor to keep factories open during coronavirus?

Apr 1, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Chinese authorities have been accused of forcing Muslim Uyghurs to work in factories as the coronavirus pandemic spread in the... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen: 'Parolin manipulates the pope,' and Vatican's China policy is 'immoral'

Mar 20, 2020

Cardinal Joseph Zen published Saturday a blog post accusing the Vatican’s secretary of state of manipulating Pope Francis, and continuing... Read more

Factory in Jiangxi province, China.

Chinese forced labor is in US supply chain, Congressional report finds

Mar 12, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Political, ethnic and religious prisoners are being used as forced labor in China, making goods that end up in U.S.... Read more

US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Brownback points to Nigeria, China and global spread of religious persecution

Feb 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback has warned that religious persecution is spreading worldwide, and highlighted the... Read more

Pedestrians wear surgical masks in Hong Kong following coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong Catholics told to look online as Mass cancelled across China

Feb 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholics to make use of online resources following the cancellation of Masses in response to the... Read more

People wearing surgical mask sitting in subway in Shanghai, China.

Bishops and aid agencies praise coronavirus response

Feb 18, 2020

American bishops and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have praised Vatican and U.S. responses to the coronavirus outbreak, and encouraged... Read more

Chinese churches closed in response to coronavirus 

Jan 31, 2020

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in China, church services in some areas have been cancelled for this weekend.  Read more

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2020.

Taiwan president appeals to Pope Francis over China’s 'abuse of power'

Jan 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis describing China’s aggression and persecution of religion as “obstacles to peace,”... Read more

Chinese flag behind barbed wire fencing.

Congressional leaders raise plight of US pastors in Chinese prisons

Jan 15, 2020

More than a dozen members of Congress have asked President Trump to press for the release of U.S. pastors imprisoned... Read more