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Asia Pacific Nov 16, 2018

Bishop who resisted joining Chinese church is reported missing

A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight ...

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, analysts say

Asia Pacific | ANALYSIS Sep 23, 2018

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, analysts say

A landmark deal agreed upon between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts ...

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

National Sep 12, 2018

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

Pope Francis said Wednesday he hopes to visit Japan next year, a trip that would enable him to draw attention to both the legacy of Christian martyrs centuries ago and survivors of the atomic bombs in 1945. Francis made the announcement while meeting with members ...

Pope accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

World / Crime & Legal Jul 29, 2018

Pope accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced Saturday that Francis ordered McCarrick to conduct a "life of prayer ...