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The University of Saint Joseph in Macau.

China allows Catholic university in Macau to recruit students from mainland

A Catholic university in Macau has been permitted to recruit students from mainland China on an “experimental basis” and only... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020.

Months after China detains Xinxiang's Bishop Zhang, Catholics seek answers

Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu’s whereabouts are still unknown months after Chinese officials detained him with clergy and seminarians who object... Read more

Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

Hong Kong advocacy organization condemns China's refusal to allow commemoration of Tiananmen Square protests

An organization aiming to support the democratic movement and religious freedom in Hong Kong spoke out on Thursday against China’s... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org| The flag of the People's Republic of China. Credit: Gang Liu/Shutterstock

Christian group supports prayer octave for China

A Christian coalition is supporting the prayer octave for the Church in China urged by Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of... Read more

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

US bishops promote prayer octave for China

The chair of the US bishops’ international justice and peace committee on Thursday called for participation in the prayer octave... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org| The flag of the People's Republic of China. Credit: Gang Liu/Shutterstock

Cardinal Bo urges prayer octave for China

Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of Yangon on Sunday called for the expansion of a day of prayer for the Church... Read more

Pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, June 2019.

Wave of arrests in Hong Kong targets pro-democracy politicians, activists

Police in Hong Kong arrested more than 50 people Wednesday for apparent violations of a China-imposed “national security law”— the... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

US religious liberty ambassador calls out China for using tech to suppress religion

The U.S. will be working against the use of technology to suppress religious minorities, the religious freedom ambassador announced this... Read more

Dalù stands in St. Peter’s Square.

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

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

China & Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock.

Vatican thanks Chinese groups for donations to combat coronavirus

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

The flags of the People's Republic of China and of Vatican City.

Chinese campaigns to control Christianity worsened in 2019, watchdog says

The Chinese government’s campaign to develop “religion with Chinese characteristics” has increased persecution of the country’s Christians, the human rights... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Leak from Xinjiang shows some Uyghurs are detained for family size

A leaked document from a county in China's northwest details the personal information of some 3,000 Uyghurs. It gives violation... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020.

Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, met Friday with Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China defends detention of Muslims in Xinjiang

The Chinese government is defending its policy of mass detention and re-education of Muslims in the country's northwest as an... Read more

Riot police detain two men after clearing protesters from the Central district in Hong Kong, Nov. 13, 2019.

Hong Kong protesters arrested at Catholic church

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have continued to escalate into violence, with many apparent incidents of forceful police tactics, including... Read more

A display of CCTV products from Hikvision at the Smart China Expo in Chongqing, Aug. 29, 2019. Hikvision was among the firms blacklisted by the US government this week.

US blacklists Chinese groups over repression of Uighurs

The US Commerce Department on Monday added 28 Chinese organizations to a blacklist barring them from buying products from US... Read more

The Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau.

Macau diocese angered by government light show on church ruins

A diocese in southern China expressed disappointment this week regarding a patriotic light-show that had been projected on the remains... Read more

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosts an event on 'The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang' in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.

International reactions to Chinese detention of Muslims remain mixed

As China's detention of Muslims of the country's northwest in re-education camps continues, few countries are openly denouncing the practice... Read more

Advocacy group: Ill Chinese citizens grilled on religious belief before treatment

As part of its crackdown on religion, the Chinese Communist Party is requiring healthcare workers to grill gravely ill patients... Read more

Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the CPC Committee and chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, July 30, 2019.

Chinese officials claim most Xinjiang detainees have been released

Government officials from China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region said Tuesday that the area's re-education camps for Muslims have been successful,... Read more