China Religion & Spirituality
China blows up ‘illegal’ mega-church
China demolishes ‘secretly built’ church
Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch
Peter Shao Zhumin: Detained Chinese Catholic bishop freed
Buddhist pet cremations rising in Bangkok
Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows
Jesus portraits swapped for those of Prez Xi for poverty relief in China: Report
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 ...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows
2017-12-02 00:14:56 BEIJING — Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said yesterday 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 UN and the US say is a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar   Read More ...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows
2017-12-01 14:43:22 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 ...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows
2017-12-01 12:15:36 BEIJING (AP) — Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Friday with President Xi Jinping on a visit to friendly neighbor China as international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims continues to grow. China has studiously avoided criticizing the crisis and the official Xinhua News Agency did not say whether the issue came up in the meeting. China is also expected to push for Myanmar to restart a dam project suspended after overwhelming local opposition   Read More ...
Saudi Arabia vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'
2017-11-28 04:02:52 RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Sunday opened the first high-level meeting of a kingdom-led alliance of Muslim nations against terrorism, vowing to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth". "In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination" among national authorities, said Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defense minister, in his keynote address to the gathering in Riyadh   Read More ...
Mosque massacre ‘will not go unpunished’
2017-11-26 20:05:34 EGYPT was yesterday reeling from a horrific attack on a mosque in northern Sinai that killed 305 people two days earlier — the deadliest assault by Islamic extremists in its modern history and a grim milestone in a long-running fight against an insurgency led by an Islamic State affiliate. Survivors and Egypt’s top prosecutor have given accounts of the massacre that unfolded as more than two dozen assailants, carrying a black IS banner, unleashed gunfire and explosions during Friday prayers at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in a village of the same name near the small town of Bir al-Abd   Read More ...
Death toll in Egypt mosque attack rises to 305, attackers carry IS flag: prosecutor
2017-11-26 03:01:09 The death toll in a terrorist attack on a mosque on Friday in Egypt's North Sinai has risen to 305 killed, including 27 children, and 128 others were wounded, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. "The attackers of the mosque were carrying Islamic State (IS) flag," MENA quoted the statement of the country's general prosecutor as saying. "Some 25-30 militants have gunned down the worshippers while performing the Friday prayer," it added   Read More ...
Death toll in Egypt mosque attack rises to 305, attackers carry IS flag: prosecutor
2017-11-25 16:04:08 CAIRO -- The death toll in a terrorist attack on a mosque on Friday in Egypt's North Sinai has risen to 305 killed, including 27 children, and 128 others were wounded, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. "The attackers of the mosque were carrying Islamic State (IS) flag," MENA quoted the statement of the country's general prosecutor as saying. "Some 25-30 militants have gunned down the worshippers while performing the Friday prayer," it added   Read More ...
Profiteers ordered away from temples
2017-11-24 04:06:18 China on Thursday banned businesses from getting involved and profiting from Buddhist or Taoist temples' operations and religious activities. Buddhist and Taoist religious leaders said the move will ensure the healthy development of the two religions, as many commercial activities in their names have long been damaging the religions' image. People have voiced concerns that temples are being turned into moneymaking machines by some businesses   Read More ...
Profiteers ordered away from temples
2017-11-24 02:01:10 China on Thursday banned businesses from getting involved and profiting from Buddhist or Taoist temples' operations and religious activities. Buddhist and Taoist religious leaders said the move will ensure the healthy development of the two religions, as many commercial activities in their names have long been damaging the religions' image. People have voiced concerns that temples are being turned into moneymaking machines by some businesses   Read More ...
Myanmar, Bangladesh To Implement Plan To End Rohingya Crisis: China
2017-11-20 19:40:43 Beijing: China today said Bangladesh and Myanmar have accepted Beijing's mediatory role and agreed to implement a three-phased solution proposed by its Foreign Minister Wang Yi to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis. Over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's violence hit Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August when the military intensified crackdown against alleged terrorist outfits of Rohingya Muslims. Wang travelled to Dhaka where he met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday   Read More ...
Myanmar, Bangladesh to implement plan to end Rohingya crisis: China
2017-11-20 15:10:21 China on Monday said Bangladesh and Myanmar have accepted Beijing’s mediatory role and agreed to implement a three-phased solution proposed by its Foreign Minister Wang Yi to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis. Over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s violence hit Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August when the military intensified crackdown against alleged militant outfits of Rohingya Muslims. Wang travelled to Dhaka where he met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday   Read More ...
China proposed three-phase plan for Rohingya issue
2017-11-20 01:41:47 SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingyas’ suffering has caused an international outcry   Read More ...
Chinese Foreign Minister debates Rohingya crisis with Myanmar leaders
2017-11-19 14:14:14 China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee amid a military crackdown. Mr. Wang made the comments after meeting in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, with the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as its President, Htin Kyaw, and its powerful military chief, Min Aung Hlaing   Read More ...
Buddha’s cremated bones may have been discovered in this 1,000-year-old chest in China
2017-11-16 00:08:01 THE cremated remains of a Buddha have been discovered in a 1,000-year-old chest in China, it has been claimed. More than 2,000 pieces of cremated bones were found in a box in Jingchuan County along with more than 260 Buddhist statues, LiveScience reported. The bones are believed to belong to Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, who founded the Buddhist religion   Read More ...
Remains of Buddha found in China? Inscription on Jingchuan box dated 1013 | The Kansas City Star
2017-11-16 00:03:42 Cremated human remains found inside a ceramic box in Jingchuan County, China, might be those of the Buddha, though archeologists have not confirmed that. An inscription says the remains were buried June 22, 1013, and belong to the Buddha, who is said to have lived from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. More than 260 Buddhist statues were found buried near the remains, but researchers are not certain they were buried at the same time since the inscription does not mention them   Read More ...
Jesus Won't Save You - President Xi Jinping Will, Chinese Christians Told
2017-11-15 14:09:49 Beijing: Jesus Christ won't drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will, so take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping. That's what thousands of villagers in southeastern China have been told by local officials, in a sign of the growing cult of personality around the country's powerful leader, as well as rising pressure on Christian worship   Read More ...
Jesus portraits swapped for those of Prez Xi for poverty relief in China: Report
2017-11-15 13:15:14 Hundreds of Christians in an impoverished county in rural China have swapped posters of Jesus Christ for portraits of President Xi Jinping as part of a local government poverty relief programme, a media report said on Wednesday. The Yugan county in Jiangxi province has a large Christian community and about 10% of its population is Christian. More than 11% of its one million residents live below the country’s official poverty line   Read More ...
Jesus won’t save you — President Xi Jinping will, Chinese Christians told
2017-11-15 00:47:52 Jesus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will, so take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping. That’s what thousands of villagers in southeastern China have been told by local officials, in a sign of the growing cult of personality around the country’s powerful leader, as well as rising pressure on Christian worship   Read More ...
Jesus won’t save you — President Xi Jinping will, Chinese Christians told
2017-11-14 16:47:17 BEIJING — Jesus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will, so take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping. That’s what thousands of villagers in southeastern China have been told by local officials, in a sign of the growing cult of personality around the country’s powerful leader, as well as rising pressure on Christian worship   Read More ...