Beijing's new Catholic bishop, 42-year-old Joseph Li Shan, reported to have the approval of both the Vatican and the Chinese government, says he will help the development of a "harmonious society". Government officials in say religion can play an important role in building such a society.
A Christian group in Hong Kong has appealed for churches to show solidarity with hundreds of ironworkers who have been on strike for more than three weeks in what is reported to be the territory's longest-running industrial dispute for 30 years.
A Christian coalition in Hong Kong has been formed to lobby with civil rights activists for universal suffrage as the territory prepares to mark its 10th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China.
China and India are growing influences on global change which will transform the way the world is governed and also the meaning of development, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, has declared - report Fredrick Nzwili from Nairobi for Ecumenical News International (ENI) and Paulino Menezes (WCC).
Using the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a platform, a US commission on religious freedom has called for increased international pressure on China to end its intolerance of religious expression - writes Cheryl Heckler for Ecumenical News International (ENI).
After an extended period of disagreement and diplomatic conflict, the Pope has extended an olive branch to the Catholics in China, and indirectly to the governing authorities, via a meeting and pastoral letter to follow.