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Massive funeral for popular pastor

GUANGZHOU (AsiaNews): At least 30,000 people attended the funeral of Pastor Samuel Lamb on August 16 in Guangdong province, mainland China.

Pastor Lamb, whose real name was Lin Xiangao, is recognised as one of the pillars of the underground Protestant Church movement.

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Historical Chinese Christian writings published

TAIPEI (SE): A recently published Sequel to the Chinese Christian Texts from the Zikawei Library, edited by Nicolas Standaert, Ad Dudink and Wang Renfang, reproduces not yet known or not yet published texts, which were originally co-produced by Chinese and European scholars.

These prints and manuscripts revive early contact between China and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Taipei Ricci Institute says in a press release.

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Pastor arrested
in Urumqi

URUMQI (AsiaNews): Police in the northern province of Xinjiang have arrested the pastor of Muen church, Tan Wen, confiscating bibles and other religious books from a Christian gathering in the city of Urumqi.

The community was gathering to pray on August 4.

They also threatened local Christians, saying that there would be serious consequences if they continue to meet to pray.

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Legal reform comes slowly

NEW YORK (SE): Human Rights Watch pinpointed political control of the legal system in China and lack of respect for the independence of lawyers as the major problems with the rule of law in China.

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Chinese media fair on pope

ROME (Agencies): The treatment of Pope Francis during the first months of his pontificate by the Chinese media was described as honest and objective, by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon.

He told Gerard O’Connell from the Vatican Insider on August 10 that while this may seem a little unusual, he is of the opinion that reporting to date has been neutral.

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Human rights confab between United States and China

KUNMING (SE): The United States of America (US) and officials from the Chinese government sat down to discuss the sensitive topic of human rights during talks beginning on July 23 in Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Washington and Beijing agreed earlier in July to hold the two-day US-China Human Rights Dialogue on Chinese soil.

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Priest detained in Hebei province

HONG KONG (SE): Police are reported to have detained Father Song Wanjun on August 10, a priest of the unofficial Church community in Hebei, China.

It was reported that he was driving a car at 4.00am in Xiwanzi, when a group of police officers from Qiaodong District took him away to an unknown place.

Father Song is 39-years-old and was ordained a priest 11 years ago. 

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Police detain at least 34 Christians in Beijing

Beijing (AsiaNews): Around 34 members of an unofficial Protestant community in Beijing, the Shouwang Church, were detained by police before or after Sunday services on July 21. 

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What’s in a dream?

HONG KONG (SE): A spirit of reform and innovation has become the mantra of China’s president and general secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, but eight months into the job, how he wants to get there is not clear, Peter Ford writes in the July 26 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

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Shanghai’s city of the doomed is doomed

SHANGHAI (UCAN): “I will throw you into Tilanqiao if you don’t behave yourself,” have been words that every child in Shanghai has dreaded hearing over the past 110 years, since the infamous Tilanqiao Prison, also known as the city of the doomed, was opened in 1903.

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