Vatican-China deal

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President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

US Commission: Vatican-China deal should focus on religious freedom

Religious freedom must be the result of any renewed Vatican agreement with China, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Vatican-China deal will not affect diplomatic recognition

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.  Read more

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin: Vatican-China deal can help ‘normalize life of the Church’

The Vatican expects to renew its interim deal with China on the appointment of bishops, as part of efforts to... Read more

Chinese foreign ministry's spokesman Zhao Lijan.

China’s foreign ministry: Vatican deal has been ‘implemented successfully’

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said Thursday that China’s interim deal with the Vatican has been “implemented successfully.”  Read more

 Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Analysis: The art of China’s Vatican deal

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

Vatican and China flags.

Analysis: Is Vatican silence on China strategic?

The Holy See faces mounting criticism for its silence on human rights abuses in China ahead of the expected renewal... Read more

Chen Guangcheng speaks at the Catholic University of America, Oct 9, 2019.

Who is Chen Guangcheng? Chinese human rights activist to speak at RNC

One of the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26 will be Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese lawyer... Read more

Bishop James Su Zhimin. Image from Congressional - Executive Commission On China Political Prisoner Database.

Congressional hearing highlights case of missing Chinese Catholic bishop

The fate of a long-imprisoned Catholic bishop in China was the focus of a congressional hearing on Thursday, amid growing... Read more

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China accused of hacking Vatican ahead of negotiations

State-sponsored hackers have reportedly targeted Vatican computer networks in an attempt to give China an advantage in negotiations to renew... Read more

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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part III, Taiwan

With negotiations ongoing for an extension of the 2018 Vatican-China deal, the fate of Vatican-Taiwan relations may prove inextricable from... Read more

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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part II, Hong Kong

As the Vatican and China negotiate an extension of the controversial 2018 deal, the Diocese of Hong Kong is at... Read more

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Analysis: The Vatican and China Part I, the Mainland

While Catholic China watchers have long focused on the ongoing human rights crisis in the country, broader media attention has... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli says Mass in Rome Jan. 22, 2016.

Vatican should renew China deal for ‘one or two years,’ says negotiator

With the Vatican’s interim deal with the Chinese government due to expire in September, an archbishop who helped to negotiate... Read more

Pope Francis imparts a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2020.

Pope Francis entrusts China to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis Sunday entrusted China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and asked all people to pray for a new outpouring... Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass during his pastoral visit to Bari, Italy, Jan. 23, 2020.

'Be truly Christians and good citizens' Pope tells Chinese Catholics

In a video released on Thursday by Vatican Media, Pope Francis announced that his prayer intention for the month of... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen to Congressmen: China wants Vatican 'surrender'

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, told CNA that the situation is dire for the Church in... 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'

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

Catholic Church of the Saviour also called Xishiku Church or Beitang in Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Via Shutterstock

Chinese bishop and priests evicted over 'fire safety'

Chinese officials have evicted members of the clergy, including a bishop, from their homes and are closing Catholic parishes in... Read more

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong

Vatican picks Hong Kong bishop, delays announcement

Hong Kong has been without a diocesan bishop since the death of Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung in January 2019, after... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Zen: 'Parolin is manipulating the Holy Father' on China deal

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, has renewed his criticism of the Vatican-China deal, warning that he thinks... Read more