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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

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Underground bishop, vicar general detained in China's Hebei province

Mar 29, 2019

A bishop of the underground Church in China's Hebei province and his vicar general were placed in detention this week,... Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of Propaganda Fide (L).

Cardinals spar in responses to Vatican-China deal

Mar 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

After Cardinal Fernando Filoni and a Chinese-appointed bishop both spoke out this week separately in support of the Vatican-China deal... Read more

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Underground bishop in China reported missing

Nov 16, 2018

A Vatican-appointed Chinese bishop has reportedly been taken into custody by the government and is undergoing “isolation and indoctrination.”  Read more

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Four underground priests reportedly disappeared in China's Hebei province

Nov 8, 2018

Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China's Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews... Read more

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Holy See, China continue to negotiate situation of underground bishops

Sep 28, 2018

Sources say the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China are involved in new negotiations over the fate of... Read more

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The Chinese village where Catholics are sceptical of a Vatican-China deal

Apr 4, 2018

As the Holy See reportedly negotiates a deal with the government of mainland China,  some Catholic residents of a town... Read more

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Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing

Jun 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who... Read more

St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China.

Underground Chinese bishop in Shanghai dies at 97

Mar 18, 2014

Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, a bishop of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China who spent decades under arrest for... Read more