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Pope Francis prepares to board the papal plane, Jan. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis takes responsibility for China deal

Pope Francis took responsibility Tuesday for the agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China, noting that... Read more

A mosque in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, October 2006.

Chinese region sought to demolish mosque amid crackdown on religion

Officials in an autonomous region of northwest mainland China intended to demolish a mosque on Friday, but were met by... Read more

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong.

Catholics are called to speak out against injustices, Hong Kong bishop says

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong is called to speak out in case of injustices, but it does not compete... Read more

Government officials destroy Way of the Cross in China's Henan province

The sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China's Henan province is a popular pilgrimage site for many Catholics,... Read more

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

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

Chinese government official: No religion 'transcends nations'

A Chinese government official who oversees religious affairs said Tuesday that government restrictions on bishop appointments are not a violation... Read more

Chinese pilgrims attend the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

Chinese officials again detain underground bishop during Holy Week

Police have detained a Catholic bishop at the center of controversy over a possible agreement between the Vatican and China.  Read more

China, Vatican use 'diplomacy of art' to foster relations

Relations with mainland China have long been an interest for the Holy See, and the Vatican Museums have now partnered... Read more

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China's president seeks more control over religion

President Xi Jinping of China announced this week that he wants to tighten Beijing’s strict government controls on religion in... Read more

Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

How the US can protect human rights in China

The Trump administration should act to address “severe violations of religious freedom” in China, a bipartisan congressional commission said Thursday.  Read more

Chinese pilgrims attend the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

Church leaders in China remain open to dialogue with Vatican

As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with... Read more

Church destroyed, Christians detained in China's Henan province

Local authorities in China’s Henan province reportedly destroyed a Christian church building last month, beating parishioners who tried to stop... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen urges prayer for Christians in China

As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on... Read more

Why China's two-child policy won't alter its human rights horrors

The dark nature of abortion and choice come into sharp relief when considering the human rights abuses which result from... Read more

Chinese pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience, April 22, 2015.

China consecrates first new bishop in three years

In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the bishops of Korea in Seoul, Aug. 14, 2014.

Vatican 'shares the sadness' of Chinese youth barred from visiting Korea

Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland... Read more

Chinese officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where hundreds of pro-democracy protestors were killed June 4, 1989.

Chinese activist deplores Tiananmen Square cover up

Marking the 25th anniversary of the massacre of protestors at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng is... Read more