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The Galilee of China faces new era under Xi Jinping

Ying Fuk-tsang
 
From 2014 to 2016, the Chinese Communist Party conducted a systematic campaign of cross removals in Zhejiang province, the most populous Christian area of China in terms of the percentage of the population. The epicentre of Christianity there is the city of Wenzhou, known as the Jerusalem of the East.
 

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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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Registration of religious communities enforced in parts of Henan

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government has ramped up efforts to tighten control over religions in the Pengyuan district of the populous central province of Henan.
 
On April 4, local authorities posted a notice demanding those who follow the officially listed faiths—Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism—register with the residents’ committee.
 

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Catholic kindergarten seized in Henan

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Catholic-run, Tian-ai Kindergarten in China’s populous Henan province, has been seized by authorities. The kindergarten’s 60 to 70 students are now attending other schools nearby. 
 
The school, run by Zhifang Church in the parish of Weihui in the diocese of Anyang, was sealed after police bills were posted on the school’s gate on February 14 and March 14.
 
A source familiar with the situation explained, “Posting twice means the school is not allowed to run.”

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