China-Vatican deal

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Archbishop Hung Shan-Chuan of Taipei.

Taiwanese bishops discuss China deal and papal visit with Pope Francis

May 15, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis discussed the state of the Church with Taiwan’s bishops this week, while assuring them that episcopal appointments in... Read more

The flags of the Republic of China and the Vatican.

Taiwan's bishops gather at the Vatican for first time in 10 years

May 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bishops of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, arrived in Rome earlier this week ahead of meetings... Read more

Chinese flag.

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

The flag of China.

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

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen: Vatican-China deal weakens the Church

Mar 8, 2018

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

Chinese president Xi Jinping at a press conference after a meeting with the German chancellor in Berlin, July 5, 2017.

With lifelong rule by Xi Jinping, how will Christians fare in China?

Mar 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

This month’s meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, convened March 5, will likely confirm a constitutional change eliminating term limits... 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

Flags of the People's Republic of China and Vatican City.

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

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Shantou, China.

Analysis: Possible deal could 'enlarge the cage' of Chinese Catholics, Vatican sources say

Feb 6, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

 In the Vatican, there is a saying about China: “China has the sharp end of the stick. Any time the... Read more

Chinese flag.

Communist-backed Chinese paper weighs in on possible China-Vatican deal

Feb 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the nation's communist party has added its voice to the discussion of a... Read more

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

Vatican official praises China for witness to Catholic social teaching

Feb 6, 2018

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has said that China is exercising global moral leadership in the... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

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

Feb 3, 2018

By Elise Harris

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