National security agents in China’s coastal Zhejiang confronted a local pastor for supporting Christians in Henan province, who are undergoing intense persecution.
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.
Two Catholic priests belonging to an underground church in China’s Gansu province have been dismissed after local authorities accused them of holding an illegal Christian summer camp for youngsters. According to a Catholic news agency, some 80 children, ages 10 to 14, were meeting for a week-long youth retreat when police raided the campsite in the northern city of Tianjin and shut it down. The organizers of the camp, Father Wang Yiqin, and Father Li Shidong, were immediately removed and sent back to their hometowns.