Lord Christopher Patten spoke to the BBC shortly after the Vatican announced it had renewed for a second time its contested agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in the communist country.
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The ruling Chinese Communist Party is officially atheist, and religious believers of all stripes have faced persecution in China for years.
Sebastian Lai, the son of Jimmy Lai, and Mark Simon speak about the faith and fate of these two devout men who are undergoing tremendous trials for speaking out on behalf of human rights.
The statement, published on May 12, was not signed by Bishop Stephen Chow, the current bishop of Hong Kong.
Human Rights Activist: Diplomatic Relations Between Vatican and China Would Be ‘Totally Unacceptable’
Rogers is the founder of Hong Kong Watch, a U.K.-based organization monitoring human rights, freedoms, and rule of law in the city on China’s southern coast, which is home to around 389,000 Catholics.
COMMENTARY: Being co-opted by a corrupt regime is worse than being controlled by it — that’s the lesson relevant to China today.
As the longtime champion of human rights celebrates his birthday this week, some of his friends and associates tell the Register about his continuing contributions to the Church in China and elsewhere.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has called the effort "a far-reaching strategy to control, govern, and manipulate all aspects of faith into a socialist mold infused with ‘Chinese characteristics.’'
The United States and other countries must pay attention to what the Chinese Communist Party is saying about Xinjiang, Turkel emphasized, citing remarks by President Xi Jinping to “show absolutely no mercy” to the Uyghurs and other minorities.