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China’s president: religions must be free from foreign influence

May 21, 2015

Xi Jinping--the head of China’s Communist Party since 2012, and China’s president since 2013-- said on May 20 that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence.

“We must manage religious affairs in accordance with the law and adhere to the principle of independence to run religious groups on our own accord,” he said. “Active efforts should be made to incorporate religions into socialist society.”

Since 1957, China’s government has sought to control Catholicism in China through the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, which has appointed bishops. The Holy See has given approval to some of the bishops appointed by the Association but has rejected others.

The same day as Xi made his remarks, Pope Francis prayed that China’s Catholics “live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.”


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  • Posted by: rik92vin8086 - May. 21, 2015 8:51 PM ET USA

    It is just so heartwarming to hear how concerned the compassionate communist Chinese government is about religions. Also, no government influence. In fact, outside of God, no influences at all.