Hebei authorities forcefully erected a flagpole with the Chinese flag outside the church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zhengding, the residence of Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, one the most prominent leaders of the Underground Catholic Church.
Cities and villages across Shanxi are implementing special measures as part of the nation-wide “struggle to clean up gang crime and eliminate evil.” Promoted as a campaign against organized crime, it is yet one more of President Xi’s initiatives targeting religious groups and churches in China.
Officials have been working in the background to sustain a conflict between believers and local villagers. Because of this, a government-controlled Three-Self church remains closed today.
As per new legislation, over 150 congregation sites in this Hebei Province’s city are waiting to be approved by the government and have ceased their activities.
A woman signed up for a Falun Gong pamphlet, and her grandson and daughter were punished severely ten years later.
Authorities forced them to give up their religious belief by threatening to cut off their subsistence allowance and pension subsidies.
Two house church leaders from Beijing were arrested in 2015; a year later, they were sentenced to three years in prison and fined.
Members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG) were detained recently. Their release is uncertain.
A Catholic and resident of Tianjin, the soldier spent a month in solitary confinement. Later, he was disqualified from serving in the army.