Established in the 19th century, the church and its parish in Shanxi’s Dongergou village was a massive draw for nearby believers and pilgrims alike. The use of the church was prohibited in July, but members of the congregation still hold mass outside it.
Sinicization of religions
A resident of Shandong was first detained in 1996 for her religious belief. This year, authorities arrested her again for the same reason.
Churches that had been demolished due to their dilapidated state cannot be rebuilt now due to ongoing religious persecution in China.
A farmer in Xinjiang was detained for teaching Arabic eight years ago. In 2017, he was arrested again for his old “crime” and sentenced to five years and six months in prison.
Chinese authorities are implementing policies to supervise Christian preachers, including evaluation tests and auditing of sermon content.
To obtain licenses from government authorities, preachers have to prove their knowledge of Chinese culture and socialism rather than Christianity.
Authorities in Liaoning seek to monitor foreign religious groups more strictly in the near future.
The false scoop of The Wall Street Journal explained by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, the leading Catholic expert on China.
The original Italian version of this article has been published in the Italian daily newspaper “Libero” on September 16, 2018.
The CCP is implementing its “sinicization” policy by prohibiting Christians to attend house churches.
To further its “sinicization” policy, the Chinese authorities have been ordering religious institutions to raise the Chinese flag and sing the national anthem.