18 March 2018
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Beijing and the Vatican: small steps and religious freedom

New Shanghai bishop: "Serving the community against the spread of secularisation"

The Shanghai Religious Affairs office has sought to deny the bishop's appointment enjoys the consent of the Holy See. But Mgr Joseph Zen and AsiaNews sources confirm this is indeed the case.

Persecution in Hebei, a liability for Hu Jintao's plans
Letter slams Wang Zhenguo, Religious Affairs Bureau director in Gao Cheng County, for building a 'harmonious society' with violence and terror.

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Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

Bernardo Cervellera

Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


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