Posts Tagged ‘China’

How Xi Jinping is attacking religion in China Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

China is waging an unprecedented war on religion. Over the past year alone, China has detained Muslims because of their faith, forced Buddhists to pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party, and coerced Christian churches to take down their crosses or shut down. The sinicization of religion The Party, which is officially atheist, has for Read more

Bishop says China’s one-child policy leads to trafficking Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

China’s one-child policy is leading to human trafficking, says Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar. Speaking at the current synod on youth taking place in Rome, Bo says during synod he was reflecting on the situation for young people in Myanmar. He says the position young people in Europe are in is “quite different” from young Read more

Eight priests, nuns and teachers expelled from Myanmar Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Eight priests, nuns and teachers have been expelled from Myanmar’s northern Shan state. China-backed ethnic minority Wa State Army have ordered them to leave the Wa Hills, which border China. They were only allowed to take what they could carry. Read more Related Posts:Christians forced to pledge they will pray only at homeCardinal Bo calls Read more

The Vatican’s deal with China Comments 0

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Finally, the Vatican has done a deal with China, or rather with the ruling Chinese Communist Party that has been conducting an escalating program of repression against religion. The deal is already drenched in controversy and opposed by many Chinese Catholics and anti-pope conservatives. But the Vatican hopes it is just the first fruit of Read more

Chinese Catholics resist religious oppression Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Chinese Catholics are resisting Beijing’s campaign to restrict religious freedom. As the law forbids minors from entering places of worship, Catholics are “reinventing” their homes as temporary “churches” for services that can include the whole family. “Each family is continuing its faith activities at home and maintaining its strong bonds with God,” says a young Read more

Giving it a go – eradicating religion and its influence Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Eradicating all religions apart from “open” state-sanctioned ones is part of an “ambitious new effort” in China, according to a recent Associated Press (AP) investigation. AP found churches in China being shut down, Bibles being seized and restrictions being placed on a number of religions. Crescents have been removed from mosques. Tibetan children have been Read more

Sinicisation programme could help Chinese-Vatican relations Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Chinese dioceses have been told to prepare local versions of a sinicisation programme. The programme aims to bring Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Daoism and Buddhism Churches more in-line with the government’s understanding of Chinese culture, society and politics. For Catholics, a spokesperson says the programme could also be a factor in ongoing Chinese-Vatican relations. “China and Read more

Priests in Henan, China, fear data on faithful may be misused Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Catholics in China’s Henan province are the subject of new government-issued rules. Some see these as tightening restrictions against Catholics in the province. Henan is thought to have one of the most significant proportions of Christians of any Chinese province. According to Pew Institute figures, 10 percent of China’s ten million Catholics are concentrated there. Read more

China’s five year plan to develop Catholic Church Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics and the Council of Chinese Bishops has approved the “Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicisation of the Catholic Church in China.” The plan aims to develop the Catholic Church altering religious principles and practices to match Chinese communist ideals and eliminate “foreign influence” ensuring governmental control of all Read more

Chinese authorities say missionary work is illegal Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Chinese authorities have detained 21 Japanese missionaries over the past few weeks. The missionaries were working in several southwestern provinces and in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia. The detention of the 21 Christian group members is thought to be part of the Chinese authorities’ efforts to crack down on missionary work. They are categorising missionary Read more