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Catholics kneeling inside the grounds of the church in Wu Gao Zhang, Oct. 31, 2019.

Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition

Nov 1, 2019

Priests and parishioners have barricaded themselves in a Catholic church in the Chinese province of Hebei. The Catholics are attempting... Read more

Old Hongde Tang Fitch Memorial Christian Protestant Church Duolon Cultural Road Hongkou District Shanghai China.

Chinese churches made to replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes

Sep 23, 2019

Christian churches in China have been ordered to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes... Read more

Guangzhou/China - August 16 2018: Grotto of Our Lady at Sha Mian Tang church in Shamian Island.

'God has become my light' A Chinese teen’s conversion story

Dec 28, 2018

By Courtney Mares

At the age of 14, Yuan made the decision to become a Catholic. “I found a freedom that I had... Read more

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Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Oct 26, 2018

By Mary Farrow

As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this... Read more

Pope Francis waves in St. Peter's Square Sept. 26, 2018.

Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China

Sep 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis sent a message Wednesday to encourage Chinese Catholics to work toward reconciliation and communion with one another following... Read more

Pope Francis on Sept. 26, 2018.

For the persecuted, there is hope in Mary's care, Pope Francis says

Sep 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Despite the pain and suffering they have experienced, Catholics in the Baltic states can take hope in the steadfast care... Read more

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

Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

Sep 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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 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

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

Sep 18, 2018

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

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Chinese Catholic church demolition is latest in series of church bulldozings

Aug 3, 2018

A Catholic church in China's Shandong province has been demolished by government agents, the latest in a series of church... Read more

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Myanmar’s bishops discuss China, Rohingya with Pope Francis

May 9, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican’s long-rumored China deal was discussed by Myanmar’s bishops this week during an ad limina visit with Pope Francis,... Read more

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In China, government-appointed bishops support Xi, Vatican-China deal

Mar 13, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Government-backed bishops have spoken out publicly in support of the Vatican-China deal in a Chinese media interview at the Chinese... Read more

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Analysis: La Civiltà Cattolica and the 'sinicization' of Catholicism

Mar 2, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Party Congress in October 2017, the country’s president, Xi Jinping, promised to “sinicize... Read more

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Despite 'regrettable' reports, Francis is well informed on China, Vatican says

Jan 30, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday the spokesperson for the Pope, Greg Burke, sent a statement asserting that Pope Francis is well-informed on the... Read more

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong bishop talks Church-state relations, hopes for the future

Sep 3, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The challenges endured by Catholics in China are complex, said Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong, but there are... 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

How a sketchbook led one Chinese woman to the Catholic faith

Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her... Read more

Reported bishop ordinations in China not authorized by Holy See

Nov 7, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A statement made by the Vatican on Monday declared that unverified reports of bishop ordinations taking place within the so-called... Read more

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

Pope Francis and China – attempts for a thaw?

Oct 5, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment... Read more

Chinese pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience, April 22, 2015.

China consecrates first new bishop in three years

Aug 6, 2015

In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on... Read more