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Human rights advocates respond after Pope Francis says Vatican-China deal ‘moving well’

Jul 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Human rights advocates have raised concerns about heightened restrictions on Christians in China after Pope Francis expressed hope that the... Read more

Pope Francis waves at pilgrims from China at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis says he hopes Vatican-China deal will be renewed

Jul 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said he hopes the Vatican’s provisional agreement with China on the appointment of Catholic bishops will be renewed... Read more

St. Francis Xavier statue in front St. Joseph Cathedral in Beijing, China, February 25, 2016.

This is the prayer that Catholics are asked to say for the Church in China on May 24

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Without mentioning Zen's arrest, Pope Francis says he is praying for the Church in China

May 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Caeli prayer on May 22, Pope Francis did not... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on April 27, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says he hopes Vatican-China deal can be tweaked

Apr 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 3 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State looks ahead to the deal’s renewal in October. Read more

St Paul's Cathedral in Wenzhou.

Authorities kidnap Catholic bishop in China, says report

Oct 27, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Chinese authorities have kidnapped Catholic Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, according to a report by AsiaNews on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Read more

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How the Chinese Communist Party sees organized religion

Oct 18, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The Chinese Communist Party is targeting organized religion as a threat – even seeking to “change” or “transform” it into... Read more

The episcopal ordination of Francis Cui Qingqi in Wuhan, China, on Sept. 8, 2021.

New Wuhan bishop consecrated under terms of Vatican-China deal

Sep 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He is the sixth bishop to be consecrated under the deal signed in 2018. Read more

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

Aug 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

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

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

Jan 6, 2021

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

Bishop Andrew Han Jingtao | Courtesy: AsiaNews.it

Underground Catholic bishop dies in China

Dec 31, 2020

According to the Catholic outlet AsiaNews, headquartered in Rome, Bishop Andrea Han Jingtao, 99, one of the most revered leaders... 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

Oct 7, 2020

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

Bishop Guo Xijin.

Chinese bishop resigns as deadline for renewing Vatican deal nears

Oct 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Ahead of the expected renewal of the Vatican-China deal this month, the former underground bishop of Mindong has announced his... Read more

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

Sep 29, 2020

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

Chineses, Taiwanese and Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock

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

Sep 22, 2020

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

Sep 21, 2020

By Ed Condon

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?

Sep 17, 2020

By Ed Condon

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

Sep 15, 2020

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’

Sep 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 2, 2020

By Ed Condon

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