The Vatican is worried about what has happened to a bishop in China, who they say was “forcibly removed,” and has now disappeared. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin has been missing for some time, according to Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke. Bishop Zhuman disappeared from his diocese in Wenzhou in southeastern China. According to Burke, “The diocesan
On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who has not been returned since being forcibly removed from his diocese by the Chinese state May 18. “The Holy See is observing with grave concern the personal situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou,
Local authorities in China’s Henan province reportedly destroyed a Christian church building last month, beating parishioners who tried to stop the demolition and detaining 40, the group China Aid says. “The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II,” China Aid said.
Pope Francis greeted and blessed a group of pilgrims from China who broke protocol and approached him during the Wednesday general audience. The group of faithful, some of whom approached the Holy Father on their knees, held Chinese flags and amid sobs, asked for him to bless a statue of Our Lady of Fatima they
Cardinal Zen said the Pope was ‘naive’ in his pursuit of a deal with Beijing Cardinal Joseph Zen has accused the Vatican of betraying the underground Church in China by pursuing a deal with the government. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong said he has written “many letters” to Pope
Experts argued assurances from China aren’t enough to prove its transplant programme has been reformed Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances aren’t enough to prove the transplant programme has been reformed.
Russian Orthodox diocese declared January 11 a ‘day of silence without abortions’ A region in Russia banned abortion for a day on Wednesday to commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The Russian Orthodox diocese in the city of Yaroslavl declared January 11 a “day of silence without abortions”, and said it was supported by
A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely
The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’ The Vatican says it was saddened that the ordination of two new Chinese bishops — consecrated with the approval of both China and the Holy See — was marred by the presence of an illegitimate bishop In a statement
Human rights groups are speaking out against China’s use of the forced organ harvesting of religious minorities in prison, many of whom are Christians. Canadian attorneys David Matas and David Kilgour recently reported there have been between 60,000 and 100,0000 organ transplants in China, many of which were the result of forced harvesting performed on