On August 2, Pope Francis declared the death penalty “always inadmissible” and promised a vigorous action by the Catholic Church to eliminate it throughout the world. At least 60% of the world’s executions every year happen in China.
The Catholic Henan Regional Seminary is an essential part of the province’s religious and cultural heritage; authorities recently forcibly demolished the entrance to the seminary.
The bishop of Zhengding of the underground Catholic Church has been in and out of detention since 1989, and is still kept under strict surveillance.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 21, 2018 Bitter Winter reported earlier about the destruction of a Roman Catholic Way of the Cross in Henan Province. In the evening of June 5, officials ordered excavators and other heavy machinery to destroy the monuments and removed images of Jesus at the well-known Our Lady of Mount Carmel pilgrimage […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 20, 2018 Han Jingtao is currently 97-years-old. He is a priest of a so-called “underground” Catholic church from Bairin Right Banner in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia. As a priest of the church whose bishops are appointed by the Vatican, not the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association, Father Han has […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 19, 2018 In December of 2017, a Catholic “underground” church in the Weibin District of the city of Xinxiang in Henan Province set up a youth fellowship. Catholic underground churches belong to the clandestine Catholic organization in China whose bishops are appointed by the Vatican, as opposed to […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 19, 2018 The agreement currently being discussed between China and the Vatican on the appointment of Catholic bishops has been and still is a topic of particularly great interest and concern for Catholic clergy and believers in China. Bitter Winter has received information about the surveillance and arrest of a […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 13, 2018 On May 11, the Communist Party police raided a Catholic church in Helong town, Nong’an County, Changchun city, Jilin Province, and arrested nine nuns. Since the raid, the church, which is part of the so-called “Underground” Catholic Church loyal to the Vatican, is under surveillance, and […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 12, 2018 On April 17, authorities demolished a Catholic church in the city of Gongyi, Henan Province, claiming that it was built unlawfully.
Source: UCANews Date: June 11, 2018 A Roman Catholic Way of the Cross in China’s Henan Province was forcibly demolished by authorities in the evening of June 5. Officials removed images of Jesus at the well-known Our Lady of Mount Carmel pilgrimage site in Tianjiajing village of the Catholic Anyang Diocese, reports UCANews.