Chinese officials move to demolish Catholic church
February 19, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: Government officials in Xinjiang, China have announced plans to raze the Sacred Heart church, although it was built in 2000 with permission from all relevant public agencies. Although no reason for the demolition has been given, local Catholics assume the government wants to expand the commercial use of the land. Two years ago, religious-affairs officials removed statues, domes, towers, and a cross from the building as part of a “sinicization” campaign.The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Feb. 19, 2021 6:05 PM ET USA
Persecution on 2 fronts: (1) from the Chinese Communist government, (2) from the Vatican. From the cited article: "A priest sighs to AsiaNews: 'We wonder how much more we have to suffer for the Pope and the Vatican to realize our persecution and the uselessness of the Agreement between the Holy See and China?.'" I wonder if this persecution is still referred to in the Vatican as "unification of the Church in China". There is no doubt that it falls under the category of "sinicization".