Human Rights Watch says mass arrests remove 'the remaining veneer of democracy in the city' Union of Catholic Asian News, January 6, 2021 John Clancey, a Hong Kong solicitor and American citizen, is led away by police after he was arrested under a new national security law in Hong Kong on... read more
Pope Francis has made a bad deal with the Chinese government. The agreement reached with mainland authorities is not helping Catholics and other Christians as much as even its architects’ attenuated hopes warranted. It has hamstrung the Church and muted her moral witness at a crucial time. By... read more
Senior clerics see the arrests as a sign China wants to shut the unofficial Vatican mission in Hong Kong, where the two nuns work. As Beijing tightens control of the city, the local diocese has also moved to rein in pro-democracy voices in its flock. By Greg Torode, Reuters, December 30,... read more
Editor’s Note: On Saturday, December 19th, an Op-Ed piece from His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò appeared in Italy’s La Verità. In it, the former nuncio addresses themes which have become familiar to readers of his other analyses: the Vatican’s complicity with... read more
By George Weigel, December 16, 2020 Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” – meaning, in Chinese Newspeak, urging others to... read more
By Steve Skojek, OnePeterFive, December 10, 2020 The other day, as I was scrolling through social media, I saw a headline that caught my eye. “China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human-rights body hears.” The first thing I did was look at the... read more
By James Griffiths, CNN, November 25, 2020 Hong Kong (CNN)Foreign religious groups and worshipers could be the latest targets of a growing crackdown on organized religion in China under President Xi Jinping. Draft rules published this week by the Ministry of Justice call for new restrictions... read more
The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao on Nov. 23, 2020.
Initial media reports said that this could be considered the first episcopal ordination to have taken place using the rubrics laid out in the provisional agreement between China and the Holy See. By Catholic News Agency, November 24, 2020 QINGDAO, China — The Chinese Patriotic Association... read more
Responding to Cardinal Parolin’s recent comments that appeared to downplay the existence of Christian persecution, Dalù says persecution is actually too gentle of a term for the dire current situation in China. By Bree A. Dail, November 17, 2020 A journalist, whistleblower and political... read more
By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, November 13, 2020 The Chinese government’s latest five-year plan proposal contains a birth policy with an emphasis on eugenics, a China scholar said this week. China, known for its decades-long one-child policy, is now looking to counter its aging... read more
The CCP ramps up intimidation and persecution of Catholics who refuse to join the Patriotic Church. by Zhang Feng, Bitter Winter, November 03,2020 Eight Catholics nuns decided to leave their convent in the northern province of Shanxi this fall after repeated harassment and intimidations by... read more
A woman with a baby in a village in southern Yunnan, China, November 2018.