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China's crackdown on Christians continues

Jan 15, 2019

A campaign by the Chinese government to 'Sinicize' religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far... Read more

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong, who died Jan. 3, 2019.

Hong Kong bishop dies at age 73

Jan 4, 2019

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong died in hospital Thursday at the age of 73, after suffering liver failure... Read more

St Paul's Cathedral in Wenzhou.

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

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

China criticized for repression of Muslim ethnic group

Sep 25, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 21 joined voices from Pakistan and around the world in denouncing Chinese... Read more

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

Pope Francis takes responsibility for China deal

Sep 25, 2018

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

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Vatican signs deal with China on bishop appointments

Sep 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

An expected agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops was signed... Read more

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

Chinese region sought to demolish mosque amid crackdown on religion

Aug 10, 2018

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

Jul 2, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Jun 8, 2018

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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Taiwan's bishops gather at the Vatican for first time in 10 years

May 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bishops of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, arrived in Rome earlier this week ahead of meetings... 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

Chinese government official: No religion 'transcends nations'

Apr 3, 2018

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

Mar 27, 2018

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

Chinese president Xi Jinping at a press conference after a meeting with the German chancellor in Berlin, July 5, 2017.

With lifelong rule by Xi Jinping, how will Christians fare in China?

Mar 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

This month’s meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, convened March 5, will likely confirm a constitutional change eliminating term limits... Read more

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Sex trafficking, elderly suicide, and the legacy of China's one child policy

Feb 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Although China expanded its former one child policy to a limit of two children per family in 2015, decades of... Read more

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

Nov 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

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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How the US can protect human rights in China

Oct 6, 2017

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

Jul 19, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

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