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Beijing Cautions New Pope on Meddling in China

The relationship between Beijing and the Vatican is a tense one. While the Vatican has been criticized by China for its ties to Taiwan, Beijing’s “illicit ordination” of Catholic bishops has been a cause for...

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...

Newly-Ordained Shanghai Bishop Goes Missing

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who quit the state-endorsed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) over the weekend during a mass for his ordination as bishop of Shanghai, has reportedly been isolated at a seminary on the...

Vatican Denounces China for Bishop Ordination

Last Saturday, the government-backed Patriotic Chinese Catholic Association ordained a bishop without the consent of the Vatican, and today Pope Benedict XVI responded. From AP: Pope Benedict XVI learned of the ordination of...

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...

Francesco Sisci: A Catholic Church of China

From lastampa.it: The normalization of ties between the Holy See, head of the largest unified religion of the world, and China, the most populous country on Earth, registered progresses in recent years and months. However, the...

Sons of Heaven

The Economist reports on growing number of Christians in China and the political impact it might have on China someday: Zhao Xiao, a former Communist Party official and convert to Christianity, smiles over a cup of tea and says...

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