Chinese authorities announced on Thursday that they are holding Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church on suspicion of “subversion” despite an international outcry from religious freedom advocates and human rights organizations.
A Roman Catholic priest has warned that China’s ultimate goal is “eliminate all religion,” urging the Vatican to reconsider a major deal with the Communist government. Father Paul of Hebei province was responding to discussions about how Chinese Catholics should feel about the deal, when he said that the current Chinese regime’s “ultimate goal is to eliminate all religion.”
In the latest crackdown against Christianity, China is asking medical professionals and teachers in Eastern part of Zhejiang province to sign a letter pledging to not hold any religious beliefs. In recent months Beijing has aimed to clamp down Christians, especially those of house churches to narrow their space for religious activities.
The Chinese government has increased measures to suppress religious belief and practice. New regulations, published on the government’s legal information website on Sept. 10, make it illegal for religious services, prayer, or preaching to be broadcast online. Under the new “Measures for the management of religious information on the Internet” those groups or churches wishing to maintain a religious website will need a government-issued license certifying that their content is politically acceptable.