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Church freedom is a mixed bag in China

HIJIAZHUANG (UCAN): When about 10,000 people showed up to a Mass held at the cathedral in Zhengding on December 13 they filled the church compound and overflowed onto the roof of an adjacent building.

Some had travelled the 300 kilometres from Beijing, but the most striking thing was that they were almost all members of the unofficial Church community of China and, despite police presence, no one was detained.

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China’s House Church dilemma

HONG KONG (SE): “Legally registered, Three-Self Patriotic Churches are under attack, while the illegal House Churches are invited into an official dialogue,” David Ro wrote in the January issue of the Lausanne Global Analysis, saying that this appears to be a season of mixed messages from the government of China.

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New law to combat religious extremism

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Minority Muslim Uyghur people in Xinjiang province of China fear further erosion of their freedom to practice their faith after authorities announced plans for a new law to combat religious extremism.

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Vietnam bars thousands from Christmas Mass

HANOI (AsiaNews): Christmas was banned in the Central Highland province of Kontum in Vietnam by government authorities forcing Christmas Mass to be cancelled in at least two parishes and leaving thousands of expectant people both surprised and disappointed.

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Christmas death threats for clergy in Bangladesh

DHAKA (AsiaNews): Bishop Bejoy D’Cruze and Bishop Paul Panen Kubi in Bangladesh both reported that they received death threats on their mobile phones in the run up to Christmas last year.

The bishops from Shylet and Mymenshing said that they believe that the death threats came from Islamist radicals. 

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China frees opponents of cross-removals

HONG KONG (UCAN): Four pastors and two lawyers, who were arrested and jailed for opposing the government campaign to demolish or remove crosses from Church buildings in Wenzhou, China.

The most recent one to have been picked up, Pastor Wang Yunxian, from the Longwan Church in coastal Zhejiang province, was released on December 11 by authorities in Wenzhou.

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Freedom of religion for a Church in chains

HONG KONG (SE): By its very nature cyberspace transcends borders, which makes drawing territorial demarcation lines designating control over content, access or usage an almost contradictory task.

However, the United States of America (US) holds most of the keys to the doors that can lock, monitor and block, as it possesses the 13 facilities that allocate IP address, which gives it a head start in the manipulation game.

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When praying is a crime

Beijing (AsiaNews): Shandong Yingcai College in Shandong province, eastern China, has expelled five Christian students for engaging in prayer in a private room, ChinaAid reported on December 19.

Local police came for Li Binbin, Zhang Yaqi, Chen Huiyun, Ni Wangjie and Chen Ping after receiving a picture of them in prayer. A sixth student who was with them, Jia Rong, was not punished.

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Protest against attacks on clergy in Bangladesh

DHAKA (UCAN): Christian clergy in Bangladesh say they are receiving death threats following a string of violent attacks on Church personnel over past weeks, responsibility for which is being claimed by militant Islamist groups.

Within a period of weeks up to November 26, at least seven Protestant ministers have received death threats in text messages. 

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China gives notice on religion summit

HONG KONG (SE): The Communist Party of China has given notice that its long-expected first summit on religion in 10 years will be held in the coming weeks.

Some believe that sweeping changes to regulations governing religious affairs and practice are in the offing, as the report notes that the gathering may be chaired by the president, Xi Jinping.

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