underground churches

The Five Vermin Threatening China

The China Story has posted a translation of ‘Where Are the Real Threats to China?’ by Yuan Peng, which was originally published in the overseas edition of People’s Daily in July. In his introduction, Geremie R....

Inside China’s Underground Churches

At China Real Time Report, Brian Spegele describes two pastors and the house churches they lead, whose differences illustrate the broad spectrum of Chinese drawn to Christianity. The amiable Mr. Zhang had a propensity for...

Chinese Underground Bishop Yao Dies At 87

From AP: Leon Yao Liang, a bishop in China’s underground church who was imprisoned for more than 28 years under the communists, has died, a U.S.-based Catholic group reported Monday. He was 87. Yao died on Wednesday in the...

China Jails Five Underground Church Leaders

Five underground church leaders in Shanxi have been given jail sentences on charges of “illegal land occupation” and “assembling a crowd to disrupt public order.” From Christopher Bodeen for the Associated Press: A court in...

Hong Kong Cardinal, Critical of China, to Step Down

The Vatican has agreed to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun’s request to step down from his post in 2009: [The Cardinal] said he would spend more time monitoring Catholic churches in mainland China, according to The Associated...

China Forces Underground Pastor from Beijing-Paper

China continues its suppression of dissenters before the Olympic Games, today targeting a Christian pastor and his wife. From the U.K. Guardian: Chinese police have removed a prominent Beijing-based pastor and his wife from the...

Jesus in China

From Frontline/World: Deep in China’s heartland is a region known as “The Bethlehem of China,” where, more than a thousand years ago, Western missionaries first brought Christianity to the area. It is here, in a series of caves...

Keeping the Faith in China

Millions of Christians in China practice their religion in secret to avoid persecution by the Communist Party. The BBC’s James Reynolds reports from Beijing on underground churches. Underground Christians make the Chinese...



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