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People, Communities, and the Catholic Church in China

  • Cindy Yik-yi Chu
  • Paul P. Mariani

Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  3. People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Beatrice K. F. Leung
      Pages 61-77
  4. Organizations

  5. Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 153-157

About this book


This book explores the Chinese Catholic Church as a whole as well as focusing on particular aspects of its activities, including diplomacy, politics, leadership, pilgrimage, youths, and non-Chinese Catholics in China. It discusses Sino-Vatican relations and the rationale behind the decisions taken by Pope Francis with regard to the appointment of bishops in China. The book also examines important changes and personalities in the Chinese Church, the Catholic organizations, and the Catholic communities in the Church, offering a key read for researchers and graduate students studying the Chinese Catholic Church, the Church in Asia, and religion in contemporary China.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    • 1
  • Paul P. Mariani
    • 2
  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
  2. 2.Santa Clara UniversityUSA

About the editors

Cindy Yik-yi Chu is Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. She publishes on the Catholic Church and the Catholic sisters in China and Hong Kong. 

Paul P. Mariani is the Edmund Campion, SJ Endowed Professor of History at Santa Clara University, USA. He is the author of Church Militant.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title People, Communities, and the Catholic Church in China
  • Editors Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Paul P. Mariani
  • Series Title Christianity in Modern China
  • Series Abbreviated Title Christianity in Modern China
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-1678-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-1681-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-1679-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 157
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Catholicism
    History of China
    Politics and Religion
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This is an exemplary collection of chapters that explain the historical vicissitudes that have troubled China’s Catholic community for several decades. This volume will remain an important work on post-Maoist Catholic studies largely because of the quality of its scholarship but mostly because of the clarity of its analysis.” (Anthony E. Clark, Church History, Vol. 89 (4), December, 2020)

“This collection of informed, timely chapters edited by Professor Cindy Yik-yi Chu and Professor Paul P.Mariani, S.J., ably captures the evolving turmoil. Carefully detailing the thinking that motivated Pope Francis’ decision as well as providing context for understanding cultural complexities, People, Communities, and the Catholic Church in China offers precious background.” (Benjamin Ivry, America Magazine,, 17 December 2020)

“This edited volume is a coherent collection of contributions with multiple layers of reading that provide a rich window on currents debates on Chinese Catholicism. Its content is as rich as it is diverse. ... this book provides well-documented and multifaceted access to most debates on the Church in China.” (Michel Chambon, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Vol. 192, October-December, 2020)

“In this timely, informative, and insightful essay collection, Cindy Yik-yi Chu and Paul P. Mariani have brought together a team of experts to provide an up-to-date account of the Catholic Church in China. … In short, the editors and contributors have done a great job highlighting ma­jor historical, political, social, and cultural trends that are shaping Church-state relations and Vatican-China encounters. Their rich empirical findings and analytical insights should appeal to China scholars, church historians, and religious specialists.” (Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, The International Journal of Asian Christianity, Vol. 3 (2), 2020)