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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

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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

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No shrine from China in the 'rosary marathon' against the pandemic

May 13, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There was some hope that the Marian Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Sheshan, in the People's Republic of... Read more

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Vatican thanks Chinese groups for donations to combat coronavirus

Apr 9, 2020

The Vatican has thanked Chinese organizations for donating medical supplies to help it combat the coronavirus.  Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen: 'Parolin manipulates the pope,' and Vatican's China policy is 'immoral'

Mar 20, 2020

Cardinal Joseph Zen published Saturday a blog post accusing the Vatican’s secretary of state of manipulating Pope Francis, and continuing... Read more

The flags of the People's Republic of China and of Vatican City.

Chinese campaigns to control Christianity worsened in 2019, watchdog says

Mar 10, 2020

The Chinese government’s campaign to develop “religion with Chinese characteristics” has increased persecution of the country’s Christians, the human rights... Read more

Catholic pray outside of a Catholic Church in Nanma, June 2019.

Chinese Catholics pray outside closed churches in Mindong

Mar 2, 2020

New pictures and video appear to show Catholics praying outside of churches closed by the government in the Diocese of... Read more

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

Cardinal Zen invites Cardinal Re to show claimed China documents from Vatican archive

Mar 2, 2020

Cardinal Zen on Sunday responded to the claim of the Dean of the College of Cardinals that Benedict XVI had... Read more

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

Cardinal Re claims Cardinal Zen is at odds with John Paul II, Benedict XVI on China

Feb 29, 2020

The newly-appointed Dean of the College of Cardinals purportedly sent a letter to cardinals Wednesday claiming that the China-Vatican deal... 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

Feb 19, 2020

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

Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments

Feb 14, 2020

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, met Friday with Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign... Read more

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2020.

Taiwan president appeals to Pope Francis over China’s 'abuse of power'

Jan 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis describing China’s aggression and persecution of religion as “obstacles to peace,”... Read more

Chinese Catholic priest at St. Michael's Church, Beijing, March, 2016.

Catholic persecution worse after Vatican-China deal, Congress finds

Jan 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A new U.S. government report says that human rights abuse in China has worsened in the last year, and specifically highlighted the... Read more

Christmas Mass event of the Nativity of Our Lady church on DEC 24, 2019 at Macau, China.

China announces new crackdown on religious freedom

Jan 6, 2020

China will enforce new restrictions on religious groups, organizations, meetings, and other related events starting on Feb 1.   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

Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin.

Chinese bishop in hiding after refusal to register with Communist authorities

Nov 21, 2019

A Catholic bishop is China is reportedly on the run from state authorities after refusing to register with the state-sponsored... Read more

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

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

China marks 70 years of communism and human rights abuses

Oct 1, 2019

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