Posts Tagged ‘Church in China’

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Chinese Christians receiving government assistance have been told to replace Christ with Mao or risk losing their welfare payments. Compliance includes replacing all religious symbols in their homes with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Christians in several provinces have had visits from government officials and had their religious images replaced. The policy Read more

Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Priests and parishioners have barricaded themselves in a Catholic church in the Chinese province of Hebei. According to reports, the Catholics are attempting to prevent the Chinese government from tearing down the Church. The protest began at 6am Thursday morning at the church in Wu Gao Zhang, part of the Guantao district of Hebei, on Read more

China’s modern martyrs

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The blood of martyrs has proven to be the seed of the Church in China, as vibrant communities thrive despite government interference and restrictions. “We should be glad and rejoice. “As the Shanghai Catholic youths said: ‘We are greatly honored to have been born and lived at this important time.’” — Cardinal Kung Pin-mei, Sermon Read more

China’s modern martyrs: from Mao to now, part 2

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The little-known story of the murder of 33 Trappist monks by Chinese Communists in 1947: “The body of Christ which is the Church, like the human body, was first young, but at the end of the world it will have an appearance of decline.” — St. Augustine As I sat with Brother Marcel Zhang, OCSO Read more

Priests, nuns in Shanghai to undergo compulsory ‘study classes’

Friday, October 5th, 2012

All priests and nuns in the Diocese of Shanghai have been required to attend compulsory “study classes,” the Union of Catholic Asian News reported. The report quoted observers as saying that authorities imposed the classes in response to Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s controversial ordination in July. The 45-year-old prelate quit the Catholic Patriotic Association Read more