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Detained Uyghur still missing

HONG KONG (UCAN): Halmurat Ghopur, a leading Uyghur intellectual, has been detained by authorities in northwestern Xinjiang since November last year for displaying “nationalistic tendencies,” according to a source in exile, amid a widening crackdown on prominent members of the ethnic group.
 
Ghopur, is president of the Xinjiang Food and Drug Administration’s Department of Inspection and Supervision in the regional capital Urumqi.
 

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Members of sect sentenced to prison

LINCANG (AsiaNews/ChinaAid): A court in Lincang in southern Yunnan, sentenced a group of people belonging to the Three Grades of Servants sect to up to 13 years in prison for belonging to an apocalyptic sect that the authorities deem an illegal cult.
 
Ju Dianhong received a 13-year sentence for leading the sect, recruiting new followers, carrying out missionary work and spreading rumours about an imminent apocalypse.
 

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Is Holy See asking China bishops to step aside?

GUANGZHOU (AsiaNews): Two Vatican-recognised bishops have reportedly been asked to step aside or take on junior positions in favour of illicitly ordained bishops. 
 
Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou, in southern Guangdong, who was ordained in 2006 with Vatican approval, was asked to give way to Bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang, who was excommunicated in 2011, but is backed by the Chinese government and is a long-time member in the National People’s Congress.
 

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Fewer births and aging workforce scary demographics for Beijing

BEIJING (AsiaNews): China’s demographic picture is starting to look a lot like that of Japan: births are declining, the workforce is getting smaller and the population is aging. This is what the latest official figures show.
 
According to the National Statistics Bureau, while the country’s economy grew 6.9 per cent in 2017 from 6.7 per cent in 2016, its demographic statistics are less positive. 
 

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Priest goes missing in Zhejiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Lu Danhua from the diocese of Lishui in eastern Zhejiang province has been missing since government officials from State Administration for Religious Affairs took him away from a priests’ dormitory on December 29.
 
A witness to the incident said that the officials claimed Father Lu was only going for a brief chat.
 
He is the only priest of Lishui and was ordained by for the diocese by Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from the unofficial Church in Wenzhou, on 14 December 2016. 

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Another church demolished

BEIJING (SE): Authorities in China demolished the Golden Lampstand church belonging to an unofficial Protestant community in Linfen, Shanxi province on January 9, UCAN reported. 
 
It is the third church demolition or closure in China in just over three weeks and comes amid a broader crackdown on religions by the government of president, Xi Jinping.
 

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Blessed and saints in Hong Kong

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has been the living and working place of special people, some of whom the Church has officially declared Blesseds or Saints. They are not well known to local Catholics. Some others, however, have shed their blood in order to keep and confess their faith, but, unfortunately, have remained unknown and their records are hidden in the archives. Let us consider the first group. 
 








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Wenzhou bishop released from detention

WWENZHOU (AsiaNews): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang, was released from detention on January 3. Named by the Vatican as the bishop for both the official and unofficial communities in Wenzhou, he is not recognised by the Chinese government and was taken away by police and officials from the Religious Affairs Bureau on 18 May 2017 (Sunday Examiner, 4 June 2017).
 
However, he has freedom of movement although sources say he is not in Wenzhou but in Xining in Qinghai, which is 2,500 kilometres away.
 

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China and the Church in 2018

In the relative openness that characterised much of the past decade, the Church in China deepened in maturity and became more sophisticated in its approaches to ministry. Influence within the society grew, as did its relationship with the global Christian community.
 
Today it faces growing scrutiny by a Communist Party that sees its domestic impact and its foreign connections as problematic. 
 








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An historic visit to China

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, the secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has been on what has been deemed an historic trip to China. 
 
Reverend Fyske has been in the country since January 7 together with the WCC president for Asia, Reverend Sang Chang along with the programme executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, Reverend Peniel Rajumkar.
 

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