Posts Tagged ‘China’

Vatican says China should not fear Church Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Vatican official says China’s government should not fear “distrust or hostility” from the Roman Catholic Church, amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis this week. Read more Related Posts:Vatican mishandling ChinaChina’s five year plan to develop Catholic ChurchBeijing deal silences Vatican on repression for nowChinese bishops praise Pope and Vatican-China Read more

Western powers use religion for subversive purposes Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Western powers are trying to use Christianity to influence China’s society and even subvert the government, says the head of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China. Xu Xiaohong is vowing to rid Christianity in the country of any Western “imprint,” calling for further “sinicisation” of religion. Xu Read more

Turkey urging China to close mass detention camps Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Turkey is urging China to close mass detention camps estimated to hold 1 million people. Turkey, which is a majority-Muslim country, says China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority is a “great shame for humanity”. Read more Related Posts:Vatican mishandling ChinaEight priests, nuns and teachers expelled from MyanmarHow Xi Jinping is attacking religion Read more

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