Vatican extends pact concerning bishop appointment with China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s only European ally, the Holy See, on Thursday (Oct. 22) is set to renew the provisional agreement with China it first inked in 2018. "Everything wil...

Vatican determined to renew accord with China despite US criticism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent criticism of the Vatican for warming up to China, Holy See officials have warned that American intervention...

Vatican wants to open office in Beijing despite ties with Taiwan: Jesuit magazine

UPDATE Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m. with reaction MOFA: TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While the Vatican remains Taiwan’s only official European ally, the Holy See has been seeking to open a permanent r...

Pope Francis extends deal with China on appointment of bishops

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Pope Francis has reportedly agreed to a two-year extension of a controversial deal with China on the appointment of Catholic bishops in the authoritarian country, accordin...

Vatican turns other cheek as China evicts bishop onto street

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Vatican appears to have given its blessing on the shutting down of five parishes and the eviction of priests, elderly people, and a bishop by the Communist Chinese Par...

Taiwan not worried about improving contacts between Vatican and China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday (December 10) rejected reports about imminent diplomatic relations between Taiwan’s only European ally, the Vatican...

Hong Kong bishop fears destruction of Catholic Church in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hong Kong Bishop Emeritus Joseph Zen (陳日君) has come out in opposition to the recently published pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of cl...

Flag of Taiwan ally Vatican appears in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The flag of Taiwan’s only European ally, the Vatican, appeared at a garden show in China, causing renewed concern about the future of the island nation’s ties to the...

Xi Jinping to visit Italy, media speculates on possible meeting with Pope Francis

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, will be visiting Italy from March 21-24, and there is some speculation that the Communist party leader may attempt to arrange a diplomatic visi...

President Tsai invites Pope Francis to Taiwan in B-day message

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen congratulated Pope Francis as the Catholic leader celebrated his 82nd birthday on Monday, Dec. 17. Tsai sent a message on behalf of her...

Formal China-Vatican ties would send the wrong message: US academic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – U.S. academic and Director of Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, Nina Shea said that a potential forming of diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Chin...

Taiwanese VP to visit Vatican at same time as newly appointed Chinese bishops

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – It has been confirmed that Taiwan's Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) will be attending a ceremony in Vatican City for the canonization of Pope Paul VI on Oct. 14. ...

Vatican concerned over jailed Catholics despite China-Vatican deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite the Vatican and China enduring numerous years of negotiations to achieve an agreement over the appointment of bishops, several points of concern for the Vatican we...

Vatican deal unlikely to spur religious freedom in China: expert

SHANGHAI (CNA) -- A provisional agreement between Beijing and the Vatican on bishop appointments in China will not help open up religious freedom in China, a professor at a Hong Kong university said S...

Vatican-China deal does not affect Vatican-Taiwan relations: MOFA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The announcement by the Vatican Saturday that it had concluded a deal with China about the appointment of bishops will not affect relations between the Holy See and Taiwan, the ...