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.
Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association
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 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.
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: Islamic Association of China Date: June 4, 2018 The website of the Islamic Association of China reported about the 5th Joint Meeting of the National Religious Groups, held in Beijing on May 31. The theme of the meeting was, “studying the Amendments to the Constitution, promoting the spirit of the Constitution, strengthening the awareness of the Constitution, […]