Posts Tagged ‘China and religion’

Chinese pastor released from prison but still not free

Monday, March 25th, 2024

The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison while coming back from a missionary trip in Myanmar. After completing his sentence, Cao is no longer behind bars. But he is facing another major obstacle. He is without any legal documentation in his country, unable to access even the most Read more

Chinese worshippers must register online for prayer meetings

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Worshippers of all religions in China’s Henan province must register online for permission to attend all prayer services in religious worship places. Approval from the provincial religious department is needed for anyone wanting to attend services in churches, mosques or Buddhist temples, ChinaAid reports. Worshippers make their online reservations and appointments through a “Smart Religion” Read more

China introduces new regulations restricting religious practice

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

New administrative measures on religious staff, released by China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs in February 2021, will come into effect on 1 May amid concerns from some religious leaders about their restrictive nature. One human rights lawyer described the measures as “one more weapon in (the Chinese authorities’) arsenal to limit or further persecute Read more