The religious problems for Catholics in China continue as a state backed Chinese priest was ordained without the consent of the Vatican. This resulted in automatic excommunication of the priest by the Catholic church.
Although we have challenges in the U.S. with religious freedom, there are problems in other parts of the world that represent even more challenges than what we face. Jesus faced problems with the government, even having King Herod decreeing that the babies be put to death in order to find and kill Jesus.
Because of this, Mary and Joseph were forced to flee Israel with Jesus until the death of Herod.
Jesus faced more problems with the state in his final days when Pontius Pilate had him flogged and nailed to the cross. Catholics all over the world face persecution and we should pray for those people who are less fortunate than us.