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Underground Church Members Detail Crackdown

Last December, more than 100 adherents to the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu were detained in a crackdown on the underground congregation, including the pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong. Jiang was accused of inciting subversion of state power, but was released last month after six...

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...

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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