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Chinese bishop who was removed from diocese by Communist regime is arrested

Jan 5, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was arrested on Jan. 2 and reportedly instructed to “take clothes for spring, summer, autumn, and... Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Pope Francis confirms Shanghai bishop appointed in violation of Vatican-China deal

Jul 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares, Matthew Santucci

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin announced on Saturday that Pope Francis wanted to “remedy the canonical irregularity created... Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Vatican says China violated terms of agreement with bishop installation

Nov 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See “noted with surprise and regret” that Bishop John Peng Weizhao had been installed as an “auxiliary bishop... Read more

The episcopal consecration of Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan's in Hong Kong’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 4, 2021

Chinese bishops reportedly met with Hong Kong clerics on sinicization

Dec 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

Four clerics have told Reuters that several bishops and other officials from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association met in October... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says

Mar 22, 2021

A Swedish scholar who studies China has called for the Vatican to speak up about human rights abuses by the... Read more

Report: Chinese government imprisoning more priests, bishops 

Sep 19, 2020

The Chinese government continues to imprison Catholic clergy - including bishops - who refuse to support the Communist Party, according... Read more

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

Dec 3, 2019

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

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

May 8, 2019

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

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Underground bishop, vicar general detained in China's Hebei province

Mar 29, 2019

A bishop of the underground Church in China's Hebei province and his vicar general were placed in detention this week,... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who met recently with Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin to secure his retirement, says Mass in Rome Jan. 22, 2016.

After China deal, two underground bishops step down at Vatican's request

Dec 14, 2018

Two underground bishops in China have agreed to step aside in favor of bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,... Read more

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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

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Holy See, China continue to negotiate situation of underground bishops

Sep 28, 2018

Sources say the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China are involved in new negotiations over the fate of... Read more

Pilgrims from China at a general audience in St. Peter's Square

In China, government-aligned bishops release ‘Sinicization’ plan

Jul 24, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Continuing a controversial plan, Chinese bishops allied with the government have told dioceses to prepare local versions of a “Sinicization”... 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

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What the 'Great Firewall' might signal for Vatican-China deal

Mar 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

As the Chinese government tightens control over Christian groups in the country, experts caution that Beijing is positioned to further... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen calls China deal 'suicide,' blames papal advisors

Feb 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a recent blog post Cardinal Joseph Zen has issued another harsh critique of the rumored Vatican-China deal on the... Read more

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Expert says religious freedom critical for Vatican-China bishop deal

Feb 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

A missionary priest and expert on the Church in China has expressed cautioun, and a limited optimism, about a rumored... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen continues criticism of possible Vatican-China deal

Feb 9, 2018

Cardinal Joseph Zen again had harsh words for the Vatican on Friday, saying that the proposed deal between the Vatican... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Vatican is ready to surrender to the Chinese communist party’

Feb 6, 2018

A possible Vatican agreement with the Chinese government has prompted feelings of unease and fears of betrayal, Cardinal Joseph Zen... Read more