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.
China strictly prohibits education by religious bodies, despite education being a pillar of Christian activity around the world. Numerous schools closed.
A daring AsiaNews analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the 2018 Vatican-China Deal recalls the sad precedent of the Napoleonic attempt to subdue the Church.
Authorities are harassing underground Catholic churches in the Diocese of Yujiang, intimidating believers into joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
Government’s “patrol inspection team,” supervising religious affairs, has been stationed in Fuzhou city. Underground Catholic priests are the main targets.
In Mindong and Shantou, the Vatican orders Underground bishops to retire and places all Catholics under the jurisdiction of Patriotic bishops.