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Officials demolish a third church in Jinan

SHANDONG (UCAN): Qianwang Catholic Church in Huashan town, Jinan, in Shandong province, China, was demolished by authorites on August 13, with more than 170 officials engaged in the action.
 
The church is the third in the Diocese of Jinan to be subjected to the wreckers’ ball. Liangwang Catholic Church was bulldozed on July 17 following the demolition of Shilihe Catholic Church (Sunday Examiner, August 12), however a Catholic source said that the latter would be rebuilt in another location.
 

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Catholic church closed in Henan crackdown

HONG KONG (UCAN): The crackdown on religion in Henan province—a key centre of Christianity in China—has been ratcheted up as the government seized an unregistered Catholic church managed by a priest with the official Church.
 
On April 24, cadres from Diandian Town in Shangcai County, sent two officials in the morning to seal the main entrances of Gadazhang Catholic Church in the Diocese of Zhumadian.
 
“The government will not allow the church to register or to open,” a source said.

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New regulations squeeze violates China constitution

HONG KONG (UCAN): With China’s new regulations for religious affairs having come into effect on February 1, the squeeze is on. Minors have already been banned from entering places of worship in several regions, while Protestant house churches in Henan province have been forced to close (Sunday Examiner, February 11). 
 
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, former bishop of Hong Kong, said that one source informed him there would be no Mass at an unofficial church in Shanghai.
 

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Young people the first victims of new religious regulations

BEIJING (AsiaNews): the revised version of China’s Religious Affairs Regulations went into effect on February 1. First published last October, they provide for close monitoring of all official Church communities and fines, arrests and expropriation for members of unofficial communities. Among the first victims of this clampdown are young people.
 

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Greater rights awareness needed with new religious regulations

HONG KONG (UCAN): China’s new and stricter Regulations for Religious Affair came into force on February 1. Stricter provisions include those covering official registration of places used for religious purposes. 
 
Apart from setting out requirements for sanctioned religious venues, the new framework, covers with areas such as education, as well as property rights and legal liability.
 

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Greater rights awareness needed with new religious regulations

HONG KONG (UCAN): China’s new and stricter Regulations for Religious Affair came into force on February 1. Stricter provisions include those covering official registration of places used for religious purposes. 
 
Apart from setting out requirements for sanctioned religious venues, the new framework, covers with areas such as education, as well as property rights and legal liability.
 

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