United Front Work Department dangles money, corrupt business deals as bait to lure underground Catholics into joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association
A site of Marian apparition and papally-approved pilgrimage route was blockaded, yet underground believers persevere through cold and rain.
Authorities are harassing underground Catholic churches in the Diocese of Yujiang, intimidating believers into joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
All religious decorations and furnishings have been removed from an underground Catholic church in Henan’s Baizhuang village as a punishment for refusing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
Authorities in some cities of Hebei Province implemented special campaigns earlier this year to crack down on churches that are not part of the government-controlled Catholic organization, closing down places of worship and arresting members of the clergy.
While many expected that the agreement between the Vatican and China would cause a conservative schism in Chinese Catholicism, in fact the first signs of a possible schism are appearing among the pro-government Patriotic Association.
A government-controlled Catholic church in Fujian is on the verge of total collapse, and the authorities have so far denied the permission to rebuild it.
A black iron sheet was used to hide the cross on the main entrance to a government-controlled Catholic church that belongs to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in Xikeng, Zhejiang.
A very popular bishop of the underground Catholic Church died in 2016. Doubts now arise on the real causes of his death.
Some dioceses of the government-controlled Patriotic Catholic Church in Henan Province informed of having received notices from municipal authorities requesting them to collect data on the backgrounds of their congregations, especially those from poor families, reports ucanews.com.