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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

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims

Cardinal Joseph Zen has rejected claims that the 2018 Vatican-China deal was approved in draft form by Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more

Vatican official hails ‘positive’ results of China deal amid report that Holy See delegation is heading to Beijing

A Vatican official hailed the “positive” results of the Holy See’s provisional agreement with China Tuesday amid reports that a... Read more

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China restates ‘one China’ policy on Taiwan in question on Vatican talks

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has underscored the country’s insistence that Taiwan not be recognized as... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen: Church is losing ‘credibility’ to evangelize China

The former Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has warned that the Church’s efforts to negotiate an extension... Read more

Flag on Taiwan on a world map.

Analysis: China and the Vatican - What if the US recognizes Taiwan?

A dramatic diplomatic maneuver from the Trump administration could strengthen Rome’s hand with China, and rebalance the relationship between all... Read more

President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

US Commission: Vatican-China deal should focus on religious freedom

Religious freedom must be the result of any renewed Vatican agreement with China, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom... Read more

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin: Vatican-China deal can help ‘normalize life of the Church’

The Vatican expects to renew its interim deal with China on the appointment of bishops, as part of efforts to... Read more

 Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Analysis: The art of China’s Vatican deal

While the last two years have failed to deliver any measurable progress on the Vatican’s priorities, the status quo of... Read more

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong cardinal warns priests to ‘watch your language’ in homilies

The leader of the Diocese of Hong Kong has written to all the clergy telling them to avoid politics in... Read more

Vatican and China flags.

Analysis: Is Vatican silence on China strategic?

The Holy See faces mounting criticism for its silence on human rights abuses in China ahead of the expected renewal... Read more

Wing Choh Primary school, and Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hong Kong.

HK diocese promotes 'national identity', security law in Catholic schools

The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholic schools told to promote the provisions of the new National Security Law to students,... Read more

14Jul2019: Hongkongers march in Sha Tin against Hong Kong's extradition bill.

HK Catholic activists arrested, US lawmakers sanctioned in China crackdown

Chinese authorities arrested pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and imposed new sanctions on American lawmakers August 10, as part of... Read more

Photo: Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon.

Cardinals condemn China’s ‘potential genocide’ of Uyghurs

The Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs is “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust,” two Asian cardinals... Read more

Cathedral of St. Francis, Xi'an, China.

Chinese bishop denies government has plans to demolish cathedral

A Catholic bishop in China has denied that the government plans to tear down his cathedral, after local Catholics expressed... Read more

Crowds in Shenzhen, China.

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities.  Read more

Bishop James Su Zhimin. Image from Congressional - Executive Commission On China Political Prisoner Database.

Congressional hearing highlights case of missing Chinese Catholic bishop

The fate of a long-imprisoned Catholic bishop in China was the focus of a congressional hearing on Thursday, amid growing... Read more

Chineses, Taiwanese and Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock

Analysis: The Vatican and China Part III, Taiwan

With negotiations ongoing for an extension of the 2018 Vatican-China deal, the fate of Vatican-Taiwan relations may prove inextricable from... Read more

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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part II, Hong Kong

As the Vatican and China negotiate an extension of the controversial 2018 deal, the Diocese of Hong Kong is at... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

China turns surveillance state on religious gatherings

China is using advanced technology to monitor both public and private religious gatherings, witnesses told a federal hearing on Wednesday.  Read more