China targets Catholic pilgrimage site
May 02, 2014
Communist officials in Wenzhou, a city of three million in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, have removed some statues and bricked over others at a Catholic pilgrimage site, according to the Asian Catholic news agency UCA News.
“About 100 Catholics who came to watch the removals were blocked at the entrance,” said one observer. “Some who managed to sneak in sang hymns and prayed while watching. Some could not hold back their tears.”
Officials in Zhejiang have begun a campaign against Christian institutions and recently demolished a large Protestant church that was a member of the government’s association of Protestant churches.
- Chinese authorities remove holy symbols from park in Wenzhou (UCA News)
- Holy statues bricked up as China targets its 'Jerusalem' (New Zealand Herald)
- China: demolition of church begins amid protests (CWN, 4/29)
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