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A prayer vigil for Fr Tom Uzhunnalil at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Bangalore, India (AP)

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Even saintly people need prayers after death (CNS)

Bishop Huaixin’s funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Anyang

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

Bishop Zhang Huaixin, who spent years in labour camps, was admired as a role model for Chinese Catholics

President Xi Jinping  (AP)

Over the past two years authorities in China have torn down church crosses and other outward symbols of the Christian faith

Chinese Catholics receive Communion in 2012 during Christmas Eve Mass in Beijing (CNS)

If Vatican diplomacy is contemplating a compromise with China it would be a huge defeat for religious liberty

A photograph and a file with personal details of kidnapped Indian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil (AP)

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A father helps his son drive a kids' electric car in a fai ground in Dafeng, in east China's Jiangsu province (AP)

The 1980 law was insanely cruel. Now it turns out to have been unnecessary

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