Posts Tagged ‘Communist’

Cracks in the atheist edifice: religion in China

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its size, with about 9m people, have no more than a dozen or so visibly Read more

Communist Cuba makes Good Friday a national holiday

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

For the second year in a row, Cuba’s communist government has declared Good Friday a national holiday. The gesture came days after President Raul Castro welcomed the appointment of Pope Francis as the first-ever Latin American pontiff. Last year the Cuban government observed a holiday on Good Friday as an “exceptional” gesture following a request Read more

Vietnam officials replace cross with Ho Chi Minh

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Communist officials in the Central Highlands of Vietnam have compelled ethnic villagers to remove the cross, altar, tabernacle and pictures from their chapel, replacing them with two images of Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary leader who died in 1969. Authorities told parishioners that the building was to be used “for village activities, not for worship”. Read more

Sharp-tongued former communist labels Benedict ‘modern’

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Former leader of the east-German communists, Gregor Gysi, on Friday, praised Pope Benedict for consistently preaching that modern society must have moral norms in order to function properly. “It won’t work without the concept of the good,” Gysi wrote. “But modern science can’t tell us what is good. Its concepts focus on empirical experience. Ideas such Read more