Pope Benedict XVI

Shock and Acceptance Over Pope’s Resignation

News of the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has made its way to China, where relations between the government-sanctioned Catholic Church and the Vatican have long been strained. According to a post by the New York...

Why Does Santa Play a Saxophone?

Mark Fisher from the Washington Post reported on eight fascinating facts on Christmas in China, which included a ‘war on Christmas’ and Santa’s sisters. Fisher also reports on why Santa Claus in China is always...

Pope Urges Courage For Catholics In China, Iraq

Pope Benedict XVI used his annual Christmas message to single out China for its treatment of Catholics. From NPR: The suffering of Christians around the world framed much of the pontiff’s traditional Christmas Day...

Pope Urges China Reconciliation

From BBC News: The Pope has told Chinese Catholics of the officially tolerated Patriotic Church and those who worship secretly take steps towards reconciliation. Beijing broke off formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican in...

Pope Sends Greetings To China Before Olympics

From AP: Pope Benedict XVI sent greetings to China on Sunday before the Olympics and said he hoped the Games would offer an example of coexistence among people from different countries. He said he will follow the Olympics, which...

Tibet Casts Shadow Over Vatican’s China

The Vatican is incorporating elements of Chinese culture into its Easter observances this year, though dialogue between the Pope and the Chinese government has become strained due to Tibet, reports AFP: Events in Tibet cast a...

China Repents and Seeks to Woo Pope

After years of tensions between Beijing and the Vatican, confidential discussions are currently underway to restore diplomatic relations between the two, according to this story from The Times: Liu Bainian, the de facto head of...

Pope Makes Plea to China’s Catholics – Elisabeth Rosenthal

Pope Benedict XVI has written a letter to the Chinese government that offers reconciliation, with hopes to end the persecuation of underground churches. From the New York Times: In an extraordinary open letter directed to Chinese Catholics and released Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the suffering experienced by Catholics under Communist rule but also concluded […]

Pope lauds Christians who suffer for faith in apparent reference to China – AP

From AP: Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Christians who are persecuted for their faith, including Roman Catholics who suffer because of their loyalty to the pontiff, an apparent reference to the underground church in China. …Benedict has been leading a Vatican campaign for religious liberty, with particular attention to the plight of Catholics loyal […]

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