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Catholics carry a portrait of the Virgin Mary in China’s Hebei Province on May 26, 2013.

Catholics in China told to celebrate communist party and forgo Marian pilgrimage

Catholic dioceses across China hosted celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this year, while pilgrimages... Read more

Chinese foreign ministry's spokesman Zhao Lijan.

China’s foreign ministry: Vatican deal has been ‘implemented successfully’

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said Thursday that China’s interim deal with the Vatican has been “implemented successfully.”  Read more

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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part I, the Mainland

While Catholic China watchers have long focused on the ongoing human rights crisis in the country, broader media attention has... 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.

Chinese media: Recent meeting of Sino-Vatican diplomats was pope's idea

The Vatican secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of... Read more

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Chinese bishop says Catholics must put 'love for homeland' first

A Chinese bishop has said that Catholics in the country must put their loyalty to the state before the faith.... Read more

Tiananmen Square - Entrance to Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

China marks 70 years of communism and human rights abuses

On Tuesday, the People’s Republic of China marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country’s communist regime. While... Read more

Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Macau, China.

Amid Hong Kong protests, Beijing cracks down on some Chinese Catholics

The persecution of Catholics in mainland China is increasing after prominent Catholic figures in Hong Kong continue to speak out... Read more

Protest Against Christian Persecution in China, Sept. 14, 2019, Cologne, Germany.

China harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, human rights group claims

The Chinese government is harvesting organs from religious and ethnic minorities, a human rights organization told the United Nations Human... Read more

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Chinese priests do not need to register with government, Vatican says

The Vatican issued new guidance for clergy in mainland China on Friday, addressing government requirements that they register with the... Read more

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China's technological controls keep Christians under constant surveillance

As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests approaches, the Chinese Communist Party is utilizing authoritarian tactics old and... Read more

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After Vatican-China deal, Chinese bishop imprisoned for 23 years is not yet released

The nephew of a Chinese bishop who was arrested 23 years ago has said he does not know where his... Read more

Religious liberty report highlights China's repression of Muslims, Christians

The majority of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom are found in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, according... Read more

Wang Yi leads a service at Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, October 2018. Photo courtesy of Early Rain Covenant Church.

This Protestant pastor has been detained in China since December

Wang Yi and more than 100 members of his congregation were detained in China's Sichuan province in early December. Some... Read more

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Taiwan offers second invitation to pope following Vatican-China deal

Taiwan’s government has issued a second invitation for Pope Francis to visit the country, a move which follows new developments... Read more

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

Pope Francis waves at pilgrims from China at the general audience Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

After the signing Saturday of a provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ recognition... Read more

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Vatican delegation will travel to China this month to finalize agreement, Chinese newspaper reports

A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to China... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen: Vatican-China deal weakens the Church

Vatican diplomats’ efforts to reach an agreement with the Chinese government would turn bishops into government officials who cannot adequately... Read more

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Vatican-China bishops deal is 'imminent', sources say

Several sources familiar with a proposed deal between the Chinese government and the Holy See have said the landmark agreement... 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