China Curtails Islam Nationwide, Targeting Intellectuals

A campaign of repression against Islam is underway in Muslim-majority areas across China. While the construction of mass internment camps seemingly remains unique to Xinjiang, two new reports by The Los Angeles Times and...

Vatican Moves To Extend Secret Deal With Beijing

The Vatican has decided to extend a secret 2018 agreement with Beijing that governs the appointment of bishops in China. The 2018 Sino-Vatican deal, signed in the midst of crackdowns on religious expression, is believed to give...

“Enigmatic” Bishop of Shanghai Dies

The controversial bishop of Shanghai’s state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian, died on Saturday at age 96. Didi Kirsten Tatlow of The New York Times reports that hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday,...

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...

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...

Church and State Divide

Paul Mooney writes about increasingly tense relations between Beijing and the Vatican, with China ordaining bishops this past year in defiance of the Pope: “It’s a very sensitive time,” said a scholar in Hong...

China Ordains Third Bishop without Pope’s Approval

The official Chinese Catholic church has ordained another bishop in defiance of the Vatican, the third such ordination in the past year. Eight bishops who are loyal to the Vatican attended the public ceremony under police...

Vatican Rejects China Unilateral Ordination

The Vatican has again rejected the ordination of a Chinese Bishop as illegitimate. From the Vancouver Sun: Paul Lei Shiyin was ordained as bishop on June 29, in a move the Holy See said was divisive and looked set to dampen...

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...

Vatican China Envoy To Get Tough With Beijing

From AP: The Vatican’s top envoy for China says the time has come for the Holy See to get tough with Beijing and not compromise over religious freedom, saying relations are taking a “worrisome slide” for the...

Cardinal: Beijing Still Controlling Chinese Church

From AP: China has held off on ordaining bishops without Vatican approval, but government interference in the state-backed Chinese church is still a concern, Hong Kong’s cardinal — a key adviser to the pope_ said Monday....

Francesco Sisci: A Catholic Church of China

From 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...



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