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Vatican and China Renew Deal Over Appointment of Bishops

The Vatican also offered a lengthy defense of the agreement, saying that “processes for new episcopal appointments are underway, some at an early stage, others at an advanced stage.” Edward Pentin Blog, October 22, 2020 VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has announced it has renewed its... read more

Beijing elected to the Human Rights Council

10/14/2020, 11.01CHINA - UN     Humanitarian organizations had called for its exclusion. Chinese accused of repressing ethnic minorities and democratic activists. Beijing defeated Saudi Arabia for the seat. Now the United Nations body is 60% composed of countries that do not respect the... read more

China’s Communist Christ

By Cameron Hilditch, National Review, October 1, 2020 6:30 AM What the first excerpts of the CCP’s ‘translation’ of the Bible suggest about the nature of Xi Jinping’s regime. Earlier this year, we learned of the Chinese Communist Party’s intention to undertake its own,... read more
A woman with a baby in a village in southern Yunnan, China, November 2018.

Ethnic villages in China’s south warned not to convert to Christianity

LIC/S News, October 2, 2020 A village in China’s south has told a faith-based rights group that they have been warned against converting to Christianity which was described as an “evil cult” in an official notice. A source told CSW: “This is not only the case in this village, but... read more

Vatican dismisses US concerns over China bishops deal after Pompeo urges church to take tougher stance on religious freedom

By Mimi Lau, South China Morning Post, October 2, 2020 Cardinal Pietro Parolin meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Vatican. The Vatican has clashed with the United States over China as the Catholic Church continues its efforts to renew a controversial deal with Beijing over the... read more

CHINA’S CATHOLICS AND THE CHURCH’S MORAL WITNESS

By Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, First Things, September 18, 2020 The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced... read more

Beijing on renewal of the Sino-Vatican agreement: Yes…probably

By Bernardo Cervellera, AsiaNews.it, September 11, 2020 During his regular press conference, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman expresses appreciation for the "successful" implementation of the Sino-Vatican agreement and promises "improvements in bilateral relations". But he does not... read more

As Vatican Ponders China Deal, Expert Says It’s Brought ‘Little Fruit’

September 8, 2020 By Elise Anne Allen, The Tablet, September 8, 2020 ROME (Crux) – As the Vatican sits poised to renew its historic agreement with China on the appointment of bishops later this month, one of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on Chinese affairs has argued that while... read more

Analysis: The Art of China’s Vatican Deal

What, then, could the Vatican hope to achieve by extending a deal which has yielded no results? Ed Condon/CNA WASHINGTON —Next month, the 2018 Vatican-China deal expires. Those close to the negotiations, both in Rome and in Beijing, now confidently predict a one-year extension to the... read more

Catholic historian: If Cdl. Zen rightly criticizes Vatican Ostpolitik, why not ‘catastrophic’ Vatican II?

‘The Ostpolitik that Cardinal Zen criticizes, is, in fact, fruit of the Second Vatican Council. This is historical evidence that does not admit denials.’ By Roberto de Mattei August 21, 2020 (Rorate Caeli) — Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is an eminent prelate who sincerely loves his... read more

Pope Francis’s Silence on Xinjiang Speaks Volumes

By Benedict Rogers, foreign Policy, July 29, 2020 A pope dedicated to human rights has said nothing on China, thanks to a secret deal with Beijing. This month, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote a most courageous letter to the Chinese ambassador in... read more
Traditional Chinese funeral

China bans Christian funerals as new rules take effect