After “appropriate consultation and assessment,” the Holy See and the People's Republic of China agree to extend for another two years the validity of the agreement first concluded in 2018. The Holy See intends to continue a respectful and constructive dialogue to further the mission of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people.
On July 9, the Church celebrates the feast day of Chinese Martyrs, 120 faithful Catholics assassinated for their faith between 1648 and 1930. 86 of them died in 1900, during the so-called "Boxer Rebellion," a Chinese anti-Western revolt that caused the killing of Catholic, Evangelical and Anglican missionaries as well as other Europeans and Americans.
The Trump administration has determined that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uyghur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Jan. 19.
Due to pressure from the Chinese government, eight Catholic nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in the northern province of Shanxi. Their current whereabouts have not been reported.