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DOUBLING DOWN ON A BAD DEAL

By George Weigel, First Things, March 11, 2020Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization of a letter sent on Ash Wednesday to the entire College of... read more

China closes places of worship in effort to contain

By Michael Sainsbury, Catholic News Service, February 25, 2020 YANGON, Myanmar -- The Chinese government has temporarily closed all of the country's places of worship in an effort to contain the COVID-19 respiratory coronavirus that has now killed almost 3,000 people, with more than 80,000... read more

Cardinal Zen: Vatican Is ‘Giving Everything’ to China’s Communists

By Thomas D. Williams, PhD., Febraury 16, 2020 ROME — Cardinal Joseph Zen said this week that the Vatican seeks compromise with China’s Communist Party (CCP), but they want “complete surrender.” Zen — the former bishop of Hong Kong — has been a vocal critic of the Vatican’s... read more
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China bans Christian funerals as new rules take effect

Regulations aim to end bad customs and establish scientific, civilized and economical funerals By UCA News reporter, February 3, 2020 Christian funerals have been banned in some areas of China as the communist government begins to enforce a set of repressive regulations on religious... read more

Rome’s Shame in China

By Robert Royal, January 13, 2020 China is a large, strange, complex, contradictory thing, even before you get to the large, strange, complex, contradictory, and murderous form of Communism that has come to dominate its various peoples. No one understands it very well. But those closest with a... read more

Vatican picks Hong Kong bishop, delays announcement

By Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency, January 17, 2020 The Holy See has delayed announcing its pick for the next bishop of Hong Kong, CNA has learned, amid concerns that local clergy and lay Catholics will see Rev. Peter Choy Wai-man as too sympathetic to the Chinese Communist government. The... read more

Mindong’s Msgr. Guo evicted from the curia: he will sleep on the street. Several priests and elderly also made homeless (Video)

by Bernardo Cervellera, Aisia News, January 16, 2020 At least five parishes have been closed, with electricity and water supplies cut off. These include Fuan, Saiqi and Suanfeng. "Fire safety" measures given as a justification, an excuse for persecution. Some priests have been kicked out. A... read more

Report: ‘Intense’ spike in Christian persecution after China’s secret deal with Vatican

New Telegraph, January 12, 2020 Chinese authorities subjected Catholic believers in China to increased persecution by demolishing churches, removing crosses, and continuing to detain underground clergy.’ Religious persecution in China has increased rapidly over the past year, according to... read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen To His Brother Cardinals: The Church is Being Killed In China

By Marco Tosatti, OnePeterFive, January 8, 2020 Dear friends and enemies … we are publishing a letter that Cardinal Joseph Zen sent some time ago to all the cardinals, and that he has now decided to make public. Needless to say, the latest news coming from mainland China only confirms and... read more

New administrative measures for religious groups: total submission to the Chinese Communist Party ​

The new measures will be implemented starting from February 1, 2020. Activities, rallies, programs of religious communities must have the approval of the Religious Affairs Office. Religious organizations must "spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party" by educating... read more

A Simple Way to Pray Always

Advent Meditation By Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan After my liberation many people said to me: Father, in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray.”  It was not as simple as one might think.  The Lord permitted me to experience all my weakness, my physical... read more