China’s church crackdown jails pastor for 12 years

A prominent Chinese pastor of the ‘official’ state-sanctioned church was jailed for 12 years on Friday morning for “gathering crowds to disturb public order” and fraud. World Watch Monitor reported on Pastor Zhang Shaojie, of the Nanle County Church in eastern China, and 23 other members of its congregation, who were . . . Read More

40 detained in relation to Sanjiang Church

More than 40 people from China’s Wenzhou area have been summoned by police or detained in connection with the efforts to protect Sanjiang Church. The church, among many others, was demolished on April 28 in a state campaign claiming to eradicate illegal buildings. A complete list of detentions and summons . . . Read More

More destruction of Chinese churches and crosses

Weeks after the demolition of Sanjiang Church on April 28, more than 15 churches have reported maltreatment relating to coastal Zhejiang province’s “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign. Additionally several believers are facing charges, after being detained around the time Sanjiang Church, in Wenzhou was demolished. “Everybody is crying. According . . . Read More

China’s Christians still ‘persecuted’

The “persecution” of Chinese Christians continued to increase last year, according to an annual report from China Aid. Churches were outlawed, house churches raided and Christians detained for practising their faith, according to the report, which documented 134 cases of “persecution” involving 7,424 Christians in 2013.

Freedom of religion an issue ‘whose time has come’

Freedom of religion an issue ‘whose time has come’
Freedom of religion and belief is an issue “whose time has come”, the vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said yesterday. During the presentation of two reports on religious freedom at the European Parliament in Brussels on Feb. 12, commission Vice Chairwoman Katrina Lantos Swett said . . . Read More

Nanle Church update: 11 released

A number of Christians from Nanle County Church in Henan Province, China, have been released after almost two months in custody, although 13 are still being detained. Twenty-four church members were arrested in mid-November, including five church leaders, after a dispute over a piece of land on which the group . . . Read More