Increasing actions against religion, from arrests to deportation to anti-Christmas propaganda, aim to forestall a Soviet-style regime collapse.
The requirement to disclose religious affiliation puts people of faith in a serious pickle – betray their beliefs or get into trouble?
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the head of Vatican’s congregation responsible for China, rejects false interpretations of the Vatican-China deal.
Chinese authorities set up checkpoints and surveillance cameras, track travel and harass students in an effort to stamp out Muslim faith.
Christians forced to wear a tracking device to be watched by government officials 24/7 and restricted to designated areas they’re not allowed to leave.
In Henan province, authorities find yet another way to undermine religion: play on citizens’ greed to make them allies in repression.
The targets of these restrictions include teachers and health-care workers, in addition to low-level civil servants.
Destroy underground seminaries, control curriculum at state-approved facilities, and prohibit foreign studies: control the church by controlling the clergy.
Although they are not technically living in prison, the built environment and the government regulations remind the Muslims: We think you are a threat.
As the year-end statistics are tallied, the extent of persecution in China becomes clear. Thousands arrested, many tortured, 19 dead, all from one church.