The faith of Chinese Catholics is grounded in the martyrdom of 120 saints who gave their life for Christ and the Church. Now, CCP is systematically removing their statues from the churches.
As an alternative to demolition, Catholics are told that their churches should be stripped of all religious symbols. Once this has been done, the buildings are declared “cultural centers” where religious activities are prohibited.
A priest in Hebei who urged Chinese Communist Party to arrest his (underground) bishop was punished by his diocese with the approval of the Holy See.
The Chinese government continues to vilify underground Catholics and house church Protestants, but believers adhere to their faiths in the face of persecution.
With priests under surveillance and churches being closed, faithful in China relied on the app to hear Mass and study the lives of saints. Now believers are totally isolated.
Reminiscent of early Christians, Chinese Catholics must move in secret and meet in out-of-the-way places, while priests face arrest if caught.
Despite an agreement between the Vatican and Beijing, Chinese authorities continue to squelch churches.
Government officials shut down Christmas Mass celebrations in the Archdiocese of Fuzhou under the pretext of “keeping stability.”
Now retired, the 85-year-old Chinese underground Catholic bishop has endured years of harassment at the hands of the Communist Party.
The Chinese government further uses the tentative agreement with the Vatican to force all underground churches to join state-approved ones.