With nearly 100 million Christians, the Church is the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party. As a result, there are increasing efforts to restrict the way Christians operate. A considerable number of Christians are still imprisoned. Church meetings continue to be disrupted in several provinces. Churches have also been closed and landlords pressured to stop renting to Christians. In 2017 some of China’s underground churches were pushed to join the state-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement, while a new law on religion is being rolled out in 2018.

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Beaten Chinese pastor suspects regime

A Chinese house church leader who was abducted and beaten while driving home last week said he suspects local government agents, China Aid reports. Li Shuangping, leader of Linfen house church, was dragged from his car on Aug. 13 and assaulted by four men, who threatened to kill Li and […]

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China crackdown on house churches?

A government campaign is underway in China to eradicate unregistered churches, according to Release International. The agency says members of unregistered house churches in Shandong province in eastern China are visited in their homes and told to attend the government-approved churches of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement. Meanwhile, Christian Solidarity Worldwide […]

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Anniversary China’s chance to change

Twenty-four years on from the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, Christian Solidarity Worldwide has spoken out against the on-going detention of several Chinese activists, including Christian rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Related Articles:China tightens grip on religion‘Expendable’ Christians ‘victims of organ…‘Like a jail without bars’: what it’s likeDemolition of crosses in […]

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China’s Christians seize internet opportunities

China’s Christians seize internet opportunities

Chinese Christians are sharing their faith on Weibo, China’s giant, state-regulated, social network – and some are beginning to challenge the censor by speaking out against religious persecution. When Christian band Rainbow Come appeared on China’s equivalent of “The X Factor,” Christians turned to social networking to drum up votes […]

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China removes Shanghai Catholic bishop from state-run church post

China removes Shanghai Catholic bishop from state-run church post

In a move characterised in Western media as a fresh challenge to Vatican authority, China’s state-run Catholic Church has revoked the title of the auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai. Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who is in his mid-forties, was ordained in July. His appointment had the rare approval of both Pope Benedict […]

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Authorities again deny facility to Shouwang Church

Authorities again deny facility to Shouwang Church

Authorities in China again thwarted efforts by Shouwang Church to lease a worship facility at the year’s end, and the Beijing congregation again met outdoors on Sunday (Jan. 1) – resulting in the arrest of 48 members, sources said. “The church tried three times to rent three different venues, but […]

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