China Religion & Spirituality
Spread the word: China’s war on Christianity now blocking access to Bibles
Renovated main hall of Jade Buddha Temple reopens
Pope Francis seeks opening with Chinese authorities
Chinese officials engaged in 'takeover' of Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Human Rights Watch
Chinese officials engaged in "takeover" of Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Human Rights Watch
China demolishes ‘secretly built’ church
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
Spread the word: China’s war on Christianity now blocking access to Bibles
2018-04-05 23:48:04 If you’re in China and in need of a “baby-food bible,” or a “bible” on autoimmune disease, no problem. If you’re in need of God’s word … tough luck. China escalated its war on Christians by removing access to bibles in online stores, CNN reports today, as China’s leaders try claiming that they respect religious belief — as long as it comes under state control: The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion   Read More ...
A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican   
2018-03-12 12:47:28 His unofficial church is caught in a fight over the future of the Roman Catholic faith here, a struggle for control between the Vatican and the Communist Party that will determine the fate of the estimated 10 million Catholics in China and shape the legacy of Pope Francis. Bishop Zhuang Jianjian, 88, under watch and already in trouble, knows it is not safe to speak out   Read More ...
Guerrillas for God: How Hong Kong’s Pastors Are Delivering the Message to China’s Christians
2018-03-05 10:48:47 Rev. C. is convinced that Christianity alone can shake the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) indomitable grip. He’s willing to go jail for this conviction. In fact, he already has. “It’s a blessing to go to prison,” he says, “to suffer for Jesus.” He’s not alone. While Hong Kong’s pastors are not allowed to proselytize, sermonize or establish churches in mainland China without official permission, many defy these prohibitions to cultivate a network of underground “house churches” in homes and workplaces   Read More ...
Israel stops to tax on church properties
2018-03-01 16:06:40 Israel yesterday suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the church built at what is seen as the holiest site in Christianity. Christian leaders who have kept Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed since Sunday in protest were yet to respond to the decision and it was not clear whether it would reopen imminently   Read More ...
Labrang Monastery holds annual display of Buddha thangka
2018-03-01 05:00:53 Lamas of Labrang Monastery unfold a huge thangka painting of the Buddha for a display ritual in Xiahe County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Feb. 28, 2018. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The annual display of Buddha thangka, a Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting, in Labrang Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhism traditional praying for a good year   Read More ...
Tun Abdul Aziz Mosque holds Chinese New Year open house to commemorate 41st anniversary
2018-02-25 12:47:21 PETALING JAYA: The Tun Abdul Aziz Mosque here held a Chinese New Year open house on Sunday (Feb 25) to commemorate its 41st anniversary. A two-minute video posted on the mosque's Facebook page showed several Muslim ladies teaching non-Muslims how to wear a tudung (headscarf) at the hijab corner, as well as scenes of how Muslims perform their ablution before prayers   Read More ...
China is cracking down on funeral strippers, but it's a decades-old 'religious practice' in Taiwan
2018-02-22 04:07:59 Earlier this week China launched a crackdown on the bizarre practice of families that hire strippers for funerals, reportedly in order to entice more mourners to come and pay their respects. Key points: Funeral stripping is related to a broader Chinese concept know as "renao", meaning "hot and noisy" It's well known in Taiwan, marking the influence the country has on China Researcher says behind the stripping there's actually "a really tight community" But while it is a relatively recent trend and controversial phenomenon in China, it is apparently a decades-old and well-established practice in other places in Asia, like Taiwan   Read More ...
Catholic Bishop Says He’s Willing to Step Down for Vatican Deal With Beijing
2018-02-11 23:26:34 Photo SAIQI, China — A Chinese Catholic bishop at the center of a dispute between the Vatican and China said on Sunday he would respect any deal worked out between the two powers. But he cautioned that Chinese authorities still had a hard time accepting the idea that Catholics should not be completely under their control. The bishop, Guo Xijin, 59, is one of at least two “underground” bishops — those recognized by the Roman Catholic Church but not by Chinese authorities — who have been asked by the Vatican to step down in favor of Communist-approved bishops   Read More ...
Renovated main hall of Jade Buddha Temple reopens
2018-02-05 03:00:37 Hundreds of devout Buddhists attend the reopening ceremony of the main pavilion of Jade Buddha Temple over the weekend. (Jiang Xiaowei/SHINE) The main pavilion of Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple reopened to public over the weekend. The Mahavira Hall, which was built around 1918, was closed in May 2017 for renovations. It was moved 30.66 meters to the north along with the three huge statues and other cultural heritage inside the hall   Read More ...
Pope Francis seeks opening with Chinese authorities
2018-02-02 16:48:55 In an unusually conciliatory gesture toward communist China, Pope Francis has reportedly agreed to accept back into the church seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government and later excommunicated by the Holy See. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Vatican hopes the move will end a long-running standoff with atheist Communist Party authorities and a newly-emboldened President Xi Jinping who keep tight reins on religious expressions in the world’s most populous land   Read More ...
Pope Francis to Bow to China With Concession on Bishops
2018-02-01 20:00:21 Pope Francis has decided to accept the legitimacy of seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government, a concession that the Holy See hopes will lead Beijing to recognize the pope’s authority as head of the Catholic Church in China, according to a person familiar with the plan.   Read More ...
Pilgrims pray for harvests, prosperity ahead of Tibetan New Year in Lhasa(1/5)
2018-01-31 09:00:54 A female pilgrim prepares to enter the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Jan. 26, 2018. Many pilgrims came to Lhasa to pray for harvests and prosperity ahead of the Tibetan New Year. (Xinhua/Chogo)   Read More ...
Vatican rebukes cardinal over 'selling out' to China accusations
2018-01-30 19:11:55 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday rebuked a senior cardinal who said its diplomats were “selling out” Chinese Catholics loyal to the pope as part of a deal aimed at normalizing ties with Beijing’s communist government. In a sharply worded statement, the Vatican said it was surprising and regrettable that some people in the Church were “fostering confusion and controversy”   Read More ...
Chinese officials engaged in 'takeover' of Tibetan Buddhist monastery: Human Rights Watch
2018-01-25 06:06:15 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials are engaging in a “takeover” of one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Larung Gar, a sprawling Buddhist center of learning and prayer in the mountains of southwestern Sichuan province, has already been reduced in size through an eight-month program of demolition and expulsion that ended in April 2017, HRW said   Read More ...
Chinese officials engaged in 'takeover' of Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Human Rights Watch
2018-01-25 06:01:36 BEIJING: Chinese officials are engaging in a "takeover" of one of the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Larung Gar, a sprawling Buddhist centre of learning and prayer in the mountains of southwestern Sichuan province, has already been reduced in size through an eight-month programme of demolition and expulsion that ended in April 2017, HRW said   Read More ...
Chinese officials engaged in "takeover" of Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Human Rights Watch
2018-01-25 06:01:31 BEIJING: Chinese officials are engaging in a "takeover" of one of the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Larung Gar, a sprawling Buddhist centre of learning and prayer in the mountains of southwestern Sichuan province, has already been reduced in size through an eight-month programme of demolition and expulsion that ended in April 2017, HRW said   Read More ...
Chinese officials engaged in "takeover" of Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Human Rights Watch
2018-01-25 05:47:24 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials are engaging in a "takeover" of one of the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Larung Gar, a sprawling Buddhist centre of learning and prayer in the mountains of southwestern Sichuan province, has already been reduced in size through an eight-month programme of demolition and expulsion that ended in April 2017, HRW said   Read More ...
Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Naropa University
2018-01-22 12:28:49 In this episode, Ryan chats with Troy Omafray and Cory Leistikow, two of his fellow classmates in Naropa University’s MA Indo-Tibetan Studies program. They discuss the nature of the courses, their personal experience, and what to expect if you decide to pursue the program. This is part 1 of a two-part series. Listen to Part 2: More on Tibetan Studies at Naropa   Read More ...
More on Tibetan Studies at Naropa
2018-01-22 12:25:09 In this episode, Ryan continues his conversation with Troy Omafray and Cory Leistikow, two of his fellow classmates in Naropa University’s MA Indo-Tibetan Studies program. They discuss requirements of the program including Nitartha Institute, dathun, and Tibetan language. This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to Part 1: Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Naropa University. Episode Links: Nithartha Institute ( http://www   Read More ...
China blows up ‘illegal’ mega-church
2018-01-14 06:03:46 BEIJING: Authorities in northern China have demolished a Christian megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (Golden Lampstand) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi province   Read More ...
Chinese police dynamite Christian megachurch
2018-01-14 00:08:57 Hong Kong: Chinese police officers have demolished one of the country's largest evangelical churches this week, using heavy machinery and dynamite to raze the building where more than 50,000 Christians worshipped. The Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi province in mainland China was one of at least two Christian churches demolished by authorities in recent weeks, part of what critics describe as a national effort to regulate spiritual life in China   Read More ...
China demolishes ‘secretly built’ church
2018-01-13 17:16:10 Authorities in northern China have demolished a Christian mega church in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (”Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in northern China’s Linfen, Shanxi province   Read More ...
Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch
2018-01-13 07:04:31 Photo HONG KONG — Chinese police officers demolished one of the country’s largest evangelical churches this week, using heavy machinery and dynamite to raze the building where more than 50,000 Christians worshiped. The Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi Province was one of at least two Christian churches demolished by the authorities in recent weeks, part of what critics describe as a national effort to regulate spiritual life in China   Read More ...
Chinese police demolish Christian megachurch in Shanxi
2018-01-13 06:45:23 HONG KONG (NYTIMES) - Chinese police officers demolished one of the country's largest evangelical churches on Tuesday (Jan 9), using heavy machinery and dynamite to raze the building where more than 50,000 Christians worshipped. The Golden Lampstand Church in the northern province of Shanxi was one of at least two Christian churches demolished by authorities in recent weeks. Global Times, a state newspaper, described the building's destruction as part of a "citywide campaign to remove illegal buildings," and quoted an unidentified official as saying that the church had been "secretly" constructed without proper permits and was initially disguised as a warehouse   Read More ...
Chinese police dynamite Christian megachurch
2018-01-13 05:38:34 Hong Kong: Chinese police officers have demolished one of the country's largest evangelical churches this week, using heavy machinery and dynamite to raze the building where more than 50,000 Christians worshipped. The Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi province in mainland China was one of at least two Christian churches demolished by authorities in recent weeks, part of what critics describe as a national effort to regulate spiritual life in China   Read More ...
Peter Shao Zhumin: Detained Chinese Catholic bishop freed
2018-01-13 05:05:04 A Chinese Catholic bishop who was detained for seven months has been freed, the Vatican says. The Church had expressed grave concern for Peter Shao Zhumin, who was removed from his diocese last May. His friends said they feared that he was being pressured by the authorities to pledge his allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party instead of the Church. His disappearance led to a public row between China and the Vatican   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-12 10:04:41 Authorities in northern China’s coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People’s Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building, which was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-12 08:46:21 BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities in northern China's coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 14:36:08 BEIJING — Authorities in northern China’s coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People’s Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building, which was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 12:18:10 BEIJING: Authorities in northern China's coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 11:08:46 BEIJING – Authorities in northern China’s coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People’s Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 09:42:33 BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China's coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 08:08:14 BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China's coal country have demolished a Christian mega-church that clashed with the government. The action underscores long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party that strives for complete political and social control. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen   Read More ...
Chinese spiritual leader in Israel faces deportation and persecution
2018-01-10 14:46:01 Tel-Aviv resident and Falun Gong spiritual leader Tang Yong-Hui, who applied for political asylum in Israel, faces deportation to China despite Israeli state knowledge that Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted in the People's Republic, the Information Center of Falun Gong reported on Wednesday.Falun Gong is an eastern religion based on the revival of ancient Chinese traditions that gained popularity in the 90s   Read More ...
China condemns deadly church attack in Pakistan
2017-12-19 02:30:26 China Monday strongly condemned the suicide bombing attack on a Christian church in Pakistan that killed at least eight people and injured 44 others. "China has always opposed to terrorism in any form," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing. "We will continue to support Pakistan in fighting terrorism and safeguarding national security and safety of the people and their property, "she said, expressing deep and sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the injured   Read More ...
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
2017-12-06 20:31:02 BEIJING (AFP) - China said Wednesday that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". Beijing voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that said abuses in Myanmar indicated "the very likely commission of crimes against humanity". "It will probably complicate the issue and have some negative influence on implementing the repatriation agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular press briefing, referring to a deal signed in November to start returning Rohingya refugees within two months   Read More ...
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
2017-12-06 15:01:43 BEIJING: China said on Wednesday (Dec 6) that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". Beijing voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that said abuses in Myanmar indicated "the very likely commission of crimes against humanity". "It will probably complicate the issue and have some negative influence on implementing the repatriation agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular press briefing, referring to a deal signed in November to start returning Rohingya refugees within two months   Read More ...
101 cremations: the rise of Bangkok's Buddhist pet funerals
2017-12-04 04:01:50 BANGKOK - Buddhist monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar's small body is nestled among flowers - a $600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals. Dollar's owner, Pimrachaya Worakijmanotham, fights back tears as she takes a last fond look at her six-year-old pet dog, whose tousled greywhite body rests under jasmine garlands   Read More ...
Buddhist pet cremations rising in Bangkok
2017-12-03 20:06:15 BUDDHIST monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar’s small body is nestled amongst flowers — a US$600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals. Dollar’s owner, Pimrachaya Worakijmanotham, fights back tears as she takes a last fond look at her 6-year-old pet dog, whose tousled grey-white body rests under jasmine garlands   Read More ...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows
2017-12-02 00:46:09 BEIJING (AP) -- Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said Friday her government has made progress in creating a peaceful society but acknowledged that "much still remains to be done." In remarks on a visit to Beijing, Suu Kyi did not directly address the crisis that has seen more than 620,000 Rohingya flee the country over the last few months in what the U   Read More ...