» 06/24/2015, 00.00
Zhejiang: cross taken down in Hangzhou, another set for removal in Jinhua
The Panshi Church belongs to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, a government-controlled Protestant organisation, and had all the permits. In a single night, police removed the cross as the members of the congregation prayed, helpless and cordoned off from the building. In 2012, when the building was inaugurated, it had received glowing reviews in the local media, as it was “delicate in shape, beautiful in design, complete in religious functions”. The decision to remove the cross is part of the ‘Three Rectifications and One Demolition’ campaign, which has already “rectified” 425 churches.
03/04/2017 19:06:00 CHINA
Anti-terrorism cameras installed in Wenzhou churches (Zhejiang) spark Christian protest
The authorities order churches to install cameras at the gates, rostrums, offering boxes, and other places. This comes three years after a campaign to tear down crosses and churches. The authorities tighten their grip over religious activity.
29/03/2016 14:48:00 CHINA
The miracle of conversions and baptisms in China
An estimated 20,000 people were baptised on Easter night. Just outside Shanghai, 27 baptised people join a community of 100. Rampant materialism and individualism drive people to convert. Underground communities celebrated Easter without songs and in small groups.
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
After 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
05/04/2016 17:25:00 CHINA
Anti-cross demolition fighter Rev Gu Yuese released
The clergyman heads the Chongyi Church, China’s largest official Protestant group with about 10,000 members. Arrested on charges of "embezzlement", he was held in a secret place for three months. Over the past two years, he has openly slammed a campaign by the authorities against Christian symbols.
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.
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