» 06/23/2014, 00.00
Wenzhou, police threaten Christians who want to protect churches and crosses
Scheduled for today a silent demonstration outside the offices of the Government of Pingyang County: leaders of all 135 Christian churches of Pingyang (all members of the officially sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement) had confirmed their presence at the event. The authorities have "warned" of the problems that may arise. A Christian leader: "We will take the cross down from the top of our church when the Communist Party takes down its party flag."
More Zhejiang churches to be torn down in demolition campaign, christian "ready to fight to the end"
A Pingyang county pastor said worshippers from at least three of the county's churches had vowed to fight the demolition to the end. In the province, about 360 churches or buildings with crosses affixed on them have been forcibly torn down in the "Three Rectifications and One Demolition" campaign since January.
12/05/2016 11:36:00 CHINA
Protestant pastor who protested cross demolitions is released
The authorities released Zhang Chongzhu, the official church pastor in Pyongyang in Zhejiang. He sent word outside China about the government's new campaign and invited them to "stand in a circle and watch" as the crosses are demolished in the Chinese province.
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
In a joint online campaign, Catholics and Protestants call on the faithful to make crosses at home and carry them everywhere. This is a "peaceful and non-violent" response to the authorities’ campaign against the religious symbol. For Catholic priest, "Tomorrow you will see crosses everywhere in Zhejiang."
07/09/2016 11:40:00 CHINA - VATICAN
Bishop Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou, the city of demolished crosses, has died
The coadjutor bishop, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, has been kidnapped by the police to prevent him attending the funeral, as he is not recognized by the government. Three priests also kidnapped. The state authorities have banned the underground faithful from participating in the funeral. The late bishop had spent 16 years at hard labor and in jail.
24/03/2016 09:17:00 CHINA
Zhang Kai, lawyer who defends China’s crosses from demolition, is released
After appearing on television to "confess his crimes" and spending six months under "house arrest", the lawyer was released. Together with activists for civil liberties, he defended the Christian churches against Zhejiang province authorities.
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