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Cardinal Zen: I fear Vatican will sell out China’s underground Church

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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










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Ex-Chinese health minister challenged over organ trafficking at Vatican conference

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.










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Region in Russia stops abortions on Feast of the Holy Innocents

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










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Ten stories to watch in 2017

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










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First beheaded, now targeted for their organs, Christian persecution intensifying – Why are Christians the target of organ harvesting?

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










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Papal summer residence opens to the public for the first time

Visitors can now tour rooms in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, including the Pope’s bedroom and private study Pope Francis is throwing open the doors to the papal apartment — including the bedroom where popes have slept — in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo. The palace was for centuries the summer residence of










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