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Pope Francis is interviewed by Carlos Herrera, a journalist at the Spanish radio station COPE.

Pope Francis says that he hopes Cardinal Becciu is innocent of charges in Vatican finance trial

He made the comment in his first interview since undergoing colon surgery. 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

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

Months after China detains Xinxiang's Bishop Zhang, Catholics seek answers

Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu’s whereabouts are still unknown months after Chinese officials detained him with clergy and seminarians who object... Read more

Vatican says 5th Catholic bishop consecrated under China agreement

Bishop Li was ordained July 28, after being appointed by Pope Francis in January. Read more

Former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

'You don’t negotiate with evil': Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt... Read more

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

Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says

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

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Report: Vatican not mentioned in China’s new rules on bishop appointments

According to new rules which will reportedly take effect on May 1, China’s state-run Catholic Church and bishops’ conference will... Read more

A YouTube screenshot of the KTO TV interview with Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin on Vatican finances: 'Talking about a crisis is a bit excessive'

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that he does not consider the Vatican’s financial scandals to be “a crisis,” but pointed... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Congressional report: Biden administration should push Vatican to ‘reevaluate’ China deal

A new congressional report calls for U.S. diplomatic engagement with the Vatican to “reevaluate” its 2018 agreement with China on... Read more

The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao in Qingdao Cathedral, China, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Chinese Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop

The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao.  Read more

US Secretary of State Michael Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo: China is world's 'gravest threat' to religious freedom

The U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday called out the Chinese Communist Party as the world’s most serious threat to... Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart the main Catholic church of Dali, Yunnan, China.

China continued religious crackdown during renewal of Vatican deal

The Chinese government continued to enforce sweeping restrictions on religious freedom in the weeks prior to the renewal of an agreement with... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Where China's bishops stand as the Sino-Vatican deal is renewed

Chinese bishops after the Vatican-China deal: Who was appointed? Whose excommunications were lifted? Who stepped aside?  Read more

Chinese flag.

Vatican and China renew provisional agreement on appointment of bishops

The Vatican and China have renewed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops for two more years, the Holy... 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

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

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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin defends China deal as Vatican prepares to renew agreement

Cardinal Pietro Parolin defended the Vatican’s controversial deal with China Saturday, saying that all recent popes sought such an agreement... Read more

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

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

Archbishop Paul Gallagher and U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo at a Vatican symposium Oct. 2, 2019.

Vatican has 'moral authority' to speak on China, Pompeo tells CNA in exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with CNA ahead of his visit to the Vatican this week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike... Read more