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Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin following his 2012 episcopal ordination (CNS photo/courtesy of UCAnews)

Fr Lombardi says Pope Francis remembers Chinese Catholics every day in prayer

Chinese President Xi Jinping , left. His government continues to persecute the faithful  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Stop demolishing churches and stop trying to control Christianity – you cannot fight God

Choristors sing at a Mass in Shenyang, China (Photo: CNS)

Ordination Mass drew 1,400 people, with an extra 500 turned away by authorities

Paramilitary police in Hohhot,  capital of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, (AP)

Authorities are accused of torturing a priest belonging to the underground Church