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Pope Francis prays on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (AP)

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How far to compromise? The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (AP)

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China

Historic talks between Vatican and Beijing could unify the Church in China but critics say a deal with an atheist government would ‘betray Christ’

Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

More than 1,000 Burmese Catholics fled to China before the bombing took place (CNS)

Church bombed as tensions between state military and ethnic groups in northern Burma escalate

Local shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia (AP)

The demonstration followed protests by hardline Muslims against the city’s minority Christian governor

Cardinal Müller: 'It is important ... to stay focused and objective and not to be driven into polemics' (AP)

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Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

Cardinal Zen (AP)

If the Church in China accept state-appointed bishops, it would damage the Church and confuse the faithful

People pray during Mass in Qingdao, China (CNS)

Fr Dong Guanhua offered to ordain others without the Pope’s mandate

Cardinal Joseph Zen in St Peter's Square (AP)

Cardinal Zen said the Vatican’s plan would be a ‘surrender’