February 25 (CDN) — BEIJING, February 25 (Compass Direct News) – With China’s central government last December issuing a number of secret documents calling on provincial officials to strive to prevent massive unrest in a rapidly collapsing economy, observers are ….
BEIJING, February 25 (CDN) — With China’s central government last December issuing a number of secret documents calling on provincial officials to strive to prevent massive unrest in a rapidly collapsing economy, observers are watching for signs of whether authorities will view ….
DUBLIN, February 11 (CDN) — A Christian defender of human rights in China – whom authorities detained last week – detailed state-sponsored torture he suffered in 2007 in an open letter released on Monday (Feb. 9), the same day advocacy groups criticized a U.N. review of ….
February 11 (CDN) — DUBLIN, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – A Christian defender of human rights in China – whom authorities detained last week – detailed state-sponsored torture he suffered in 2007 in an open letter released on Monday (Feb. 9), the same day ….
February 4 (CDN) — BEIJING, February 4 (Compass Direct News) – Concerned by the growth of unregistered house church groups in an uncertain political and social climate, the Chinese government has ramped up efforts both to identify Christians and to portray ….
BEIJING, February 4 (CDN) — Concerned by the growth of unregistered house church groups in an uncertain political and social climate, the Chinese government has ramped up efforts both to identify Christians and to portray Christianity as a subversive foreign force. Sources ….
December 9 (CDN) — DUBLIN, December 9 (Compass Direct News) – In recent months Chinese officials have attempted to build bridges with the Protestant house church movement even as police raided more unregistered congregations, arrested Christian leaders and forced at ….
November 11 (CDN) — DUBLIN, November 11 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese officials have yet to declare a new court date for Alimjan Yimit, a Christian house church leader and ethnic Uyghur in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang detained since his arrest on Jan. 12. ….
September 5 (CDN) — DUBLIN, September 5 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan is awaiting the outcome of an August 19 court appearance and may be back in court within 10 days, according to Compass sources. Denied proper medication and ….
August 20 (CDN) — DUBLIN, August 20 (Compass Direct News) – As the Olympics draw to a close, new evidence of religious freedom abuses offers a stark contrast to China’s efforts to provide religious services for athletes and visitors during the Games. China hired ….
August 13 (CDN) — DUBLIN, August 13 (Compass Direct News) – Christian activist and house church pastor Hua Huiqi wrote an open letter to U.S. President George Bush on Sunday (August 10), asking for prayer for his personal safety and for freedom of belief for all ….
August 11 (CDN) — DUBLIN, August 11 (Compass Direct News) – Security agents yesterday seized Christian activist and house church pastor Hua Huiqi on his way to a service at the government-approved Kuanjie Protestant Church in Beijing, where U.S. President George Bush ….
August 8 (CDN) — DUBLIN, August 7 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese police detained house church leader Zhang Mingxuan, along with his wife Xie Fenlang and co-pastor Wu Jiang He, at a police station in Hebei after a BBC journalist attempted to interview him on Monday ….
August 6 (CDN) — DUBLIN, August 5 (Compass Direct News) – As U.S. President George W. Bush attends Olympic events in Beijing this week and a church service in the capital next Sunday, Chinese authorities have banished house church pastor Zhang Mingxuan from the city ….
June 20 (CDN) — LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Compass Direct News) – A hearing expected yesterday by relatives of Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan, detained in a Chinese prison without charges, did not take place. Sources in China had said that a court date was ….
June 17 (CDN) — DUBLIN, June 17 (Compass Direct News) – Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan, detained in a Chinese prison without his medication for diabetes, is due in court Thursday (June 19) to face as yet unspecified charges. As Shi’s health deteriorates, ….
May 30 (CDN) — DUBLIN, May 30 (Compass Direct News) – Court officials in Xinjiang, China returned the case of Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit, charged with unspecified crimes, to state prosecutors this week citing “insufficient evidence.” Police arrested Alimjan on ….
May 22 (CDN) — DUBLIN, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – When the International Olympic Committee in July 2001 awarded China the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Chinese citizens were ecstatic. But what potentially could have been China’s proudest moment has ….
May 13 (CDN) — DUBLIN, May 13 (Compass Direct News) – Court officials in Kashgar, Xinjiang province may soon decide the fate of Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit, arrested on January 12 and accused of “endangering national security.” Alimjan’s trial, delayed in ….
May 2 (CDN) — LOS ANGELES, May 2 (Compass Direct News) – An advocacy organization reported this week that Chinese authorities now accuse a Beijing businessman of being a “dangerous religious element” – which a long-time friend dismissed as contrary to Christian ….
April 18 (CDN) — LOS ANGELES, April 18 (Compass Direct News) – A bookstore owner in Beijing has been re-arrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature after he had been released in January due to “insufficient evidence.” Shi Weihan, a 37-year-old father of ….
April 9 (CDN) — Alimjan YimitBANGKOK, April 9 (Compass Direct News) – As China deals with the fallout of protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province, the family of a Uyghur Christian fears he may be sentenced to death this month after ….
March 18 (CDN) — Liu HuiwenBANGKOK, March 18 (Compass Direct News) – Liu Huiwen, a Chinese Christian sentenced to 18 months imprisonment last November for distributing a gospel leaflet to Muslims in Gansu province, is suffering mistreatment in a Muslim-majority ….
February 11 (CDN) — DUBLIN, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – Last January 12, state security officials arrived at the home of Alimjan Yimit, a Muslim convert, ethnic Uyghur and Christian house church leader in Xinjiang province, northwest China. They detained ….
February 6 (CDN) — DUBLIN, February 6 (Compass Direct News) – From behind the great wall of Chinese censorship, evidence of ongoing persecution of Christians continues to emerge, with China Aid Association (CAA) yesterday reporting a significant increase in ….
December 7 (CDN) — LOS ANGELES, December 7 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials have detained the owner of a Christian bookstore located near the Olympic Village, along with one of his employees, according to a long-time friend of the ….
December 5 (CDN) — BEIJING, December 5 (Compass Direct News) – In a confidential report, Canadian diplomats in Beijing state that China is making “incremental progress” in human rights and may make “steady forward movement” in the future, according to The Globe and ….
October 4 (CDN) — LOS ANGELES, October 4 (Compass Direct News) – China’s crackdown on religious freedom advocates ahead of the Beijing Olympics extended to two Christian human rights attorneys the past two weekends. Attorney Li Heping released a statement saying a ….
September 18 (CDN) — Cai Zhuohua before his arrestLOS ANGELES, September 18 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing house church leader Cai Zhuohua, jailed since 2004 for “illegal business practices” by distributing Christian literature, has been released with stern warnings to ….
July 12 (CDN) — DUBLIN, July 12 (Compass Direct News) – Christians throughout China fear tough restrictions on their freedom to worship in the coming year following the launch of a government crackdown ahead of August 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Christians ….
May 18 (CDN) — NANJING, China, May 18 (Compass Direct News) – Government-sanctioned persecution of Christians has darkened the landscape of the Xinjiang province in north-western China. Most recently, an estimated 30 house church leaders were arrested on April 19 ….
December 14 (CDN) — December 14 (Compass Direct News) – A Beijing court convicted human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng of “inciting subversion” on Tuesday (December 12) after he mysteriously entered a “guilty” plea, according to reports. Advocacy group Human Rights in ….
August 21 (CDN) — August 21 (Compass Direct News) – Chinese authorities last Thursday (August 17) released Zan Aizong, a journalist who reported the Hangzhou City police using force to demolish an unregistered church building and beating of hundreds of believers on ….
August 4 (CDN) — August 4 (Compass Direct News) – International outrage has been spreading after the beating last weekend of hundreds of Christians at the tourist resort of Hangzhou on China’s eastern seaboard. Hundreds of Chinese police broke up a peaceful ….
July 28 (CDN) — July 28 (Compass Direct News) – China Aid Association (CAA) reported that government raids of two house churches last week resulted in the arrest of about 80 Christians. Six policemen, including two plainclothes officers, interrupted a fellowship ….
July 6 (CDN) — Zhang Rongliang July 6 (Compass Direct) – The Zhongmu City People’s Court sentenced Chinese house church pastor Zhang Rongliang to seven and a half years in prison on June 29, though a co-worker said he was not notified of the verdict until Tuesday ….
June 27 (CDN) — June 27 (Compass Direct) – Chinese officials have expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12 condemning rising persecution of religious believers in China. Chinese Foreign Ministry ….
April 19 (CDN) — (Back by popular demand — editor.)February 2000 (Compass) — “The truth of China is not to be found in a document, a photograph, or a statistic,” China expert Dr. Tan Che Bin was fond of saying, “but in lots of stories gathered together.” Then ….
April 13 (CDN) — Zhang Rongliang before arrestApril 13 (Compass Direct) – The court judging house church leader Zhang Rongliang, acknowledging that “there are insufficient evidence and ambiguous facts,” this week submitted the case to the Zhengzhou City Intermediate ….
April 5 (CDN) — April 5 (Compass Direct) – A major Chinese house church leader is scheduled for a potentially decisive court hearing tomorrow (April 6) after more than 16 months in police custody. Zhang Rongliang, 55, was arrested by Henan police without charges on ….
February 22 (CDN) — February 22 (Compass) – Gao Wei (not his real name) was an active Christian leader for several years in a large Chinese city until 2004. Now he’s an applicant for political asylum in a Western country. His application makes sobering reading for ….
February 17 (CDN) — Zhang Yinan February 17 (Compass) – When Chinese house church historian Zhang Yinan applied for a passport in order to attend a prayer breakfast in Washington this month, police immediately surrounded his house and even followed his wife to the ….
December 30 (CDN) — December 30 (Compass) – Confusing and seemingly conflicting reports continue to appear regarding China’s state of religious liberty – or lack of it. Compass interviewed house church leaders in six major cities in October. These leaders – ….
December 21 (CDN) — December 21 (Compass) – Mobs attacked nuns in Xi’an and priests in Tianjin during the past month as the Roman Catholics peacefully tried to settle property disputes with the government. At press time, Chinese police surrounded a group of Catholic ….
December 16 (CDN) — Pastor Cai Zhuohua December 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christian relatives found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” were summoned to appear at a second trial on November 30. Reasons for granting the second ….
November 16 (CDN) — Pastor Cai Zhuohua November 16 (Compass) – Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christians found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” have dropped plans to appeal their conviction, two days before a legal deadline for the appeal. A ….
November 15 (CDN) — November 15 (Compass) – Beijing authorities on November 4 ordered a Chinese legal firm to suspend activities for a year, hours after top lawyer Gao Zhisheng filed court documents in defense of Pastor Cai Zhuohua. Four days later, Cai and three ….
August 29 (CDN) — LEGAL RESTRICTIONS “Here in March the government imposed itself on religion, and the house churches have suffered restrictions. Those not attending the Three Self [government-controlled] churches will be fined. I made up my mind that if things ….
July 28 (CDN) — Home of migrant workers near a factory in northern ChinaJuly 28 (Compass) — China is witnessing a rising anger against official corruption and a growing determination to stand up for basic rights. Signs are emerging that unregistered Protestant and ….
July 20 (CDN) — July 20 (Compass) — Wide-ranging persecution of Chinese Christians in recent months has dashed hopes of greater religious freedom from a new law on religion that took effect in March. China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs on March ….
May 17 (CDN) — May 17 (Compass) — Pope John Paul II died with one of his dearest wishes unfulfilled — to visit China. Catholics in the world’s most populous country are now wondering how the election of his close conservative associate, Cardinal Ratzinger, now ….
March 18 (CDN) — March 18 (Compass) Anhui “In July  while the house church was having a Bible study, suddenly the police came in. The church warmly welcomed them and led them to the best seats. The police heard nothing wrong, but they said someone had made an ….
March 9 (CDN) — March 9 (Compass) — On March 1, China adopted the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, first announced by the government in December 2004. The government claims the new regulations are a step towards religious freedom. However, some Christian ….
January 17 (CDN) — January 17 (Compass) — China has announced a new law, which comes into effect on March 1, governing the freedom of religion. The government first announced the new Religious Affairs Provisions on November 30, 2004, according to a mid-December ….
November 16 (CDN) — Christianity has grown recently in ChinaNovember 16 (Compass) — Last week before his resignation as U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell said relations between China and the U.S. were at the best point they had been in more than 30 years, according ….
November 9 (CDN) — Beijing store displays postersNovember 9 (Compass) — In a two-day international conference on religion and law held in Beijing on October 18 and 19, Chinese officials said they were open to changes in religious policy. During the conference, Zhang ….
November 9 (CDN) — November 9 (Compass) — Chinese officials meeting at a two-day international conference on religion and law on October 18 and 19 announced they were open to changes in religious policy. However, Ji Wenyuan, deputy director of the State ….
September 20 (CDN) — September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christians being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A letter of appeal was also received by Christians in Hong Kong, detailing ….
September 20 (CDN) — September 20 (Compass) — The relatives of three Christian men being held in labor camps in mainland China have appealed to local authorities for an explanation of their crimes. A written appeal was also sent to Christians in Hong Kong in May ….
August 25 (CDN) — August 25 (Compass) — A serious situation regarding religious liberty has been quietly developing in China. Many had hoped that the Communist Party’s religious policy — and especially its attitude towards the Christian church — would liberalize in ….
August 25 (CDN) — August 25 (Compass) — Evidence is emerging of a renewed crackdown on “illegal religious activities” in China and a tightening of controls on academic and media activities related to religion. Several government meetings held this year have ….
August 18 (CDN) — August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ….
August 6 (CDN) — August 6 (Compass) — Mr. Xu Shuangfu, leader of the well-known Three Grades of Servant (TGS) movement in China, was arrested in April 2004 along with 90 other co-workers and followers. Some overseas reports immediately tagged the TGS movement as an ….
July 19 (CDN) — Samuel Lamb shares his testimonyJuly 19 (Compass) — Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb, or Lin Xiangao as he is known within China, after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his younger ….
July 19 (CDN) — July 19 (Compass) — Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his co-workers were also detained and interrogated. This is the first time in 14 years ….
June 28 (CDN) — Chinese police arrested 100 church leaders June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on the afternoon of June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. The retreat was organized by the China Gospel ….
June 28 (CDN) — June 28 (Compass) — Chinese police arrested 100 house church leaders on June 11 as they gathered for a retreat in the central city of Wuhan. Xing Jinfu, 39, who has already been arrested three times in the past for church related activities, was ….
June 28 (CDN) — June 28 (Compass) — Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent leader of an unregistered house church movement based in Shanghai, was released June 7 from labor camp in Jiangsu province. Xu had served 18 months in the camp for setting up unregistered house ….
May 10 (CDN) — May 10 (Compass) — Chinese Christians gave evidence of persecution at a special meeting called by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in April. The speakers included Xu Yongze of the Born Again house church movement and Brother Yun, ….
March 4 (CDN) — March 4 (Compass) — In April 2002, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) attracted world-wide attention when 34 of its top leaders were kidnapped by the cult known as Eastern Lightning, also known as Lightning from the East (which preaches that Christ ….
February 10 (CDN) — February 10 (Compass) — In recent years, the religious policies of the Chinese Communist Party have drifted further away from modern reality, reflecting the dogmatism of the Maoist era rather than the dynamic growth in religion across China. ….
February 9 (CDN) — February 9 (Compass) — A survey carried out in recent months by leaders of the official Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church in Beijing showed that house churches are multiplying in the city. China’s Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) had asked ….
January 5 (CDN) — (Compass) — Registration is still a hot issue for China’s long-suffering house churches. The government insists on registration as the only means of legal existence for churches. Registration means subjection to the Communist Party’s Religious ….
December 15 (CDN) — (Compass) — Reliable sources have confirmed the death of a house church Christian in police custody on October 30. Mrs. Zhang Hongmei, 33, was arrested by local police in Dongmiaodong village on October 29. Police summoned Zhang’s family and asked ….
December 15 (CDN) — (Compass) — China’s rural house churches are reeling from the impact of rapid urbanization. The flow of young peasants to the cities in search of employment has become a tidal-wave. When the communists came to power in China in 1949, only 10 percent ….
November 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — Bishop Ding, the most influential leader of the state-controlled Chinese “Three Self” Protestant church, has significantly stepped up his anti-Christian “theological construction” campaign in recent months. A lecture delivered at the ….
November 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — Any hope that the new state leadership in China, headed by President Hu Jintao, would usher in more liberal policies towards religious believers appears to be premature. A senior house church leader interviewed in October confirmed that ….
September 12 (CDN) — (Compass) — Officers of China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested 170 Christians at a rural house church meeting in Nanyang, Henan province, on September 2. A source in China reported that most of the detainees were fined, fingerprinted, warned ….
August 15 (CDN) — (Compass) — On July 13, police raided a house church in Xiaoshan City, China, at 4 a.m. while Christians were meeting for Sunday prayer and worship. At least three church leaders were arrested. Eighty-year-old Shen Shaocheng, who helped found the ….
July 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — At least 53 members of unregistered house churches were arrested during the month of June in China. Twelve members of an unregistered house church movement were arrested on June 6, according to the group “Human Rights in China.” The ….
July 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — On July 1, half a million people poured onto the streets of Hong Kong in angry but peaceful demonstrations against new laws banning treason, subversion and sedition. The imposition of harsh anti-subversion laws has serious implications ….
July 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — Official Bible production in China has quietly diminished by more than 20 percent over the past three years. The Amity Printing Company based in Nanjing, which prints an annual quota of Bibles, says that 519,493 copies were printed in ….
July 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — Officials at China’s Ministry of Justice have denied claims that Pastor Gong Shengliang, currently held in Jingzhou prison, Hubei province, has been tortured. They made the statement in response to an emergency appeal that Amnesty ….
June 16 (CDN) — (Compass) — On Sunday, May 11, Public Security officers raided a house church meeting in Anshan city in the northeast province of Liaoning. About 40 Christians were tied up and their names recorded. They were released the same night but told that ….
May 19 (CDN) — (Compass) — The SARS virus has not distracted Chinese officials from their campaign against unregistered churches. At least 52 key house church leaders have been arrested in recent months. In a March 25 raid on a house church meeting in southern ….
May 19 (CDN) — (Compass) — Lightning from the East, China’s most dangerous secret cult, infiltrates house churches and tries to destroy them. Christian leaders have suffered blackmail, kidnapping, beatings and physical injury as a result of this activity. In April ….
May 19 (CDN) — (Compass) — In China, cinemas and theatres are closed. Classrooms are empty, restaurants and business centers are deserted. Residents in major cities remain indoors, fearful of contracting the SARS virus. On May 12 the total number of cases on the ….
April 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — About 50,000 Protestant churches and meeting points have been officially registered with the Chinese government. However, opposition, corruption and bureaucratic regulations are all hurdles which Christians must overcome if they desire ….
March 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — Philip Xu Guoxing, a prominent Shanghai house church leader, was arrested at his home on December 8 while worshipping with some 20 other Christians. Police confiscated Christian books, videos, a computer and furnishings from the house. ….
March 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — According to the Communist Chinese internal magazine People’s Security Report, 176 house church Christians were detained in mass arrests conducted in December 2002 and January 2003. On Christmas Day, police in Henan province learned of ….
January 13 (CDN) — (Compass) — The New York-based Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China has released detailed reports from persecuted Christians in China, revealing that in the three-month period between June and August 2002, 182 house church ….
January 13 (CDN) — (Compass) — A confidential document entitled “Work Plan of the Baoding Municipal Public Security Bureau to Prohibit Christian Illegal Activities” calls for specific action against unregistered house church Christians in Hebei province in the months ….
December 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — The Sixteenth Communist Party Congress closed in Beijing with Hu Jintao, 59, replacing Jiang Zemin, 76, as general secretary. However, the aging Jiang seems set to maintain his grip on power, and China’s many believers cannot expect any ….
December 14 (CDN) — (Compass) — A senior Chinese house church leader has expressed serious concern about the ongoing persecution of house church believers. For years, the police in many rural areas of central China have arrested Christians worshipping in unregistered ….
December 13 (CDN) — (Compass) — Reports from many parts of China speak of arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of unregistered Christians. “The police poured boiling water over one evangelist in north China recently,” reported one house church elder. According to an ….
November 15 (CDN) — (Compass) — Four female leaders of the South China Church were declared innocent by the Hubei Provincial Court on October 11, 2002. However, only hours after their release they were re-arrested by the Public Security Bureau and sent off to three ….
October 11 (CDN) — (Compass) — “Theological construction” has now been officially enshrined as one of the top priorities for China’s state-controlled Protestant church, according to an article in Tianfeng, China’s only national Christian monthly magazine. In the ….
October 11 (CDN) — (Compass) — Nanjing Seminary has long been the flagship seminary in China for training theological students to obey the Communist Party line. On April 18, one of the students delivered a message at the college chapel and launched a broadside ….
September 13 (CDN) — (Compass) — Christians in the city of Chongqing have been scandalized by a case of sexual abuse involving the chairman of a local Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church committee. The story, published in the official Chinese Christian magazine ….
September 13 (CDN) — (Compass) — It appears Chinese President Jiang Zemin will cling to power in China for at least another five years thanks to backing from ideologically conservative military leaders. Reports that Hu Jintao would take over the leadership of the ….
August 9 (CDN) — (Compass) — Churches are thriving in independent Mongolia, but the church worldwide often forgets neighboring Inner Mongolia, a part of China with over 4 million Mongol residents that is tightly control by Chinese authorities. The Protestant church ….
August 9 (CDN) — (Compass) — Hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees are in hiding in northeast China, living in fear of deportation back to a country gripped by a grotesque dictatorship and a famine that may have claimed 2 million lives. The Chinese ….
July 18 (CDN) — (Compass) — A new Christian bookstore opened in Shanghai on April 1. Run by a young Christian entrepreneur, it is one of a handful of public Christian bookstores now operating in China. However, not one Bible is for sale. Only books published ….
July 18 (CDN) — (Compass) — On June 19, the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) declared that 34 of its evangelists mysteriously kidnapped two months earlier by a shadowy cult called Eastern Lightning were safely back with their families. “This incident has shaken us to ….
July 18 (CDN) — (Compass) — At the end of May, China’s state-controlled Protestant church held its national conference in Beijing. New leaders were appointed for both the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and the China Christian Council (CCC). Both are firmly ….
July 18 (CDN) — (Compass) — A letter written by a Christian living in Zhaotong in the southwest province of Yunnan details recent persecution by local government officials and police. The provine has about 150,000 Protestant Christians. The letter, dated April 4, ….
May 13 (CDN) — (Compass) – Following the major religious affairs conference in Beijing last December, a copy of new religious regulations for Jiangsu province has leaked overseas, providing an opportunity for a serious assessment of Beijing’s present policies on ….
April 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Chinese government has given conflicting signals about religion in their treatment of U.S. President George W. Bush’s speech during his state visit in March. Bush’s university address praising the role of religion in American civil ….
April 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – China watcher Dr. Chan Kim-Kwong accused the media of incorrectly reporting the case of Hong Kong Bible smuggler Li Guangqiang. He questioned whether Li’s was a genuine case of religious persecution or a case of “illegal commercial ….
March 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – Despite international protests and U.S. President Bush’s call for religious freedom during his February visit to China, leaders and members of the 50,000-strong South China Church continue to suffer severe persecution from the Chinese ….
March 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – Hong Kong Christian businessman Li Guangqiang, accused of smuggling more than 33,000 copies of the Bible into Mainland China, has been released. He returned to Hong Kong on February 16. Originally facing possible execution for his ….
March 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – In remarks carried live on Chinese television, American President George W. Bush explicitly urged Chinese leaders to end the persecution of religious believers. During his February 21-22 visit to Beijing, Bush said he had personally ….
February 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – On January 28, Hong Kong businessman Li Guangqiang was sentenced to “only” two years in prison for smuggling 33,000 Bibles into southern China. His relatives had feared that he faced execution under China’s draconian legislation. Li and ….
February 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – A top-secret Chinese government document dated April 30, 2000, that lists 14 cults targeted for suppression gives a unique insight into Beijing’s view of the seriousness of the growth of unauthorized religions. The document gives ….
February 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – Two more leaders, Mr. Xu Fu Ming, 26, and Mr. Hu Yong, 25, of the embattled South China house church movement, are in imminent danger of execution, according to a January 28 appeal letter. The letter, signed by 24 relatives of the two ….
January 18 (CDN) — (Compass) – The 46-year-old founder of the “South China” house church movement, Gong Shengliang, was granted a reprieve from his death sentence, which was due to be carried out on Saturday, January 5. Gong was given a stay of execution, relatives ….
December 14 (CDN) — (Compass) – In China, Sunday school and Christian youth work are still technically illegal because of Communist Party regulations banning religious teaching to children under 18 years old. In some ‘Three Self’ churches, children’s crèches are held ….
November 16 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Chinese government may consider changes in its religious policy at a major religious affairs conference scheduled for November, a senior Chinese house church leader confirmed in late October. Government officials in the Religious ….
November 16 (CDN) — (Compass) – “Epaphras” is the pseudonym used by an elderly house church leader in Yinchuan, in northwest China. He was previously imprisoned 23 years for his Christian faith. After his release, Epaphras engaged in a unique literary ministry. For ….
November 16 (CDN) — (Compass) – In what some regard as the most significant speech of his 20 year papacy, Pope John Paul II apologized to the Chinese government on October 24 for historical “errors” committed by the Catholic Church in China. The pope’s message was ….
October 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – Dramatic developments are expected in China’s religious policy in October and November that will appear to offer an olive branch to underground Catholics and house church Protestants. But two Shanghai-based house church leaders warn, ….
October 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – A confidential circular issued last year by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security sheds light on how the government is determined to stamp out cults and raises serious questions as to the methods used. Dated April 30, 2000, the ….
October 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – Fewer Bibles are being printed this year in China. While on a visit to Europe in June, the Rev. Bao Jiayuan of the China Christian Council stated that during the first few months of 2001, the total number of Bibles printed in Nanjing has ….
September 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – The growth of Christianity in China in recent decades has generally been seen as the result of house church evangelists moving from village to village. A Marxist researcher confirmed this view in a 1999 article published in the obscure ….
September 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – A crucial paradox lies at the heart of China’s persecution dynamics. Over the past 30 years, conditions have improved for Christians in China. But during the past five years, they have deteriorated markedly. More confusing still is that ….
September 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – Pressure on China’s house churches has intensified this year as Chinese authorities close down meetings, fine and even imprison house church leaders, often using the pretext that the leaders are extreme and indulge in cultic activities. ….
August 24 (CDN) — (Compass) – Wenzhou has a massive Protestant Christian population and hundreds of churches. The story of the extraordinary revival in Wenzhou is chronicled in detail in a new book, “Christianity in Wenzhou,” published last year by the Zhejiang ….
August 24 (CDN) — (Compass) – For 20 years, the only national Christian publication in China has been Tian Feng (Heavenly Wind) published by the government-controlled Three Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council. It is issued monthly and dutifully ….
August 24 (CDN) — (Compass) – How do Chinese Christians see the new century? An article in the November 2000 issue of the unofficial house church magazine, The Way, lists 10 major trends. 1. Large numbers of Chinese students studying overseas are turning to Christ. ….
July 20 (CDN) — (Compass) – Bishop Ding’s campaign to impose a politicized theology on the Chinese church is having a marked effect in some areas, but is still limited in extent. In Nanjing, Jinling Theological Seminary has been largely purged of evangelical ….
July 20 (CDN) — (Compass) – Christian leaders in both the unofficial house churches and the registered «Three Self» churches in eastern China confirmed in June that there is increased pressure against the church in China. Several factors are 1) the continuing ….
July 20 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Western Christian press occasionally states that in China, it is possible for Christian meetings to register directly with the government without joining the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). There is even talk of a “Third Way” ….
June 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – Church leaders fear that the passing of an anti-sect law in France may pave the way for the Hong Kong government to adopt similar legislation. The concerns stem from a Hong Kong government statement in May that it is studying overseas ….
June 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – Thirty-five house church Christians were arrested in Inner Mongolia and 15 were sent to labor camps after police raided a worship meeting being held on May 26 in Dongsheng. Several dozen house church believers were detained in mid April ….
April 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – Hong Kong’s Christians believe that precedents set in curbing the influence of the embattled Chinese folk-religious movement, Falun Gong, could well result in the eventual erosion of religious liberties for all in the territory. In a ….
April 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – On October 16, 2000, twenty-one-year-old Liu Haitao from Henan province in central China died as the result of severe police beatings. There is no question his death was the result of his witness for Christ, which makes him a martyr for ….
March 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – The political campaign of “theological reconstruction” unleashed by Bishop Ding, president of Nanjing Theological Seminary, is gathering force across China. A theology teacher formerly close to the bishop has recently issued a long ….
March 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – A controversy has erupted in Hong Kong over statements made in mid February by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa describing the Falun Gong spiritual movement as an evil cult. Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun described Tung Chee-hwa’s ….
March 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – Seven house church leaders interviewed by Compass in February said that the government crackdown on the outlawed folk religious movement, Falun Gong, has been a mixed blessing for their churches. Some house churches have found it easier ….
January 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – Last July, authorities in the eastern province of Anhui moved to discourage Christian work with young people through an article that appeared in the local newspaper headlined, “Illegal Private ‘Summer Camp’ Banned.” The report did not ….
January 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – Chinese authorities in southern Zhejiang province closed or destroyed at least 450 churches, temples and shrines in a campaign launched in early November. To the astonishment of international observers, Foreign Ministry spokesperson ….
December 15 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Chinese government sponsored an International Symposium on Evil Cults in Beijing November 8-10 attended by nearly 60 academics from all over the world. Academics encouraged authorities to assess whether cults are “harmful to ….
November 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – A survey of seven house church leaders in China has revealed little anxiety about the impact of new rules issued by authorities in early October that govern the religious activities of foreigners. The rules, which forbid all foreigners ….
November 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – China’s Three Self Patriotic Movement – the organization controlling the Protestant church on behalf of the Communist Party – celebrated its 50th anniversary in September in belligerent tones. TSPM Chairman Luo Guanzong stated, “Since ….
November 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Hong Kong Catholic Church declared on October 30 that the diocese would hold annual memorial services for Chinese and foreign saints. The statement was issued despite warnings from China a month earlier that Hong Kong Catholics were ….
November 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – Liberal leaders of China’s official Protestant church have launched a wide-ranging attack against evangelical theology in China. The attack has reached its highest level this fall, although preparations for the campaign began in late ….
October 20 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has accused China of meddling with religious freedom in the territory. In an open letter published in Hong Kong on October 3, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said China had tried to interfere with the ….
October 20 (CDN) — (Compass) – In a fierce October 1 statement, the Peace and Justice Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Church protested China’s suppression of the “underground” Catholic church on the mainland and accused the Chinese government of using inhuman ….
September 22 (CDN) — (Compass) – On August 23, police burst in while three visiting American Bible teachers were speaking to 130 members of a house church movement headquartered in Fangcheng City. Well over a hundred arrests were made, and the three teachers – from a ….
September 22 (CDN) — (Compass) – Freedom came for Pastor Evelio García late on September 2 only after he agreed to pay the $2,500 ransom demanded by FARC guerrillas (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Garcia had been kidnapped August 27 near Medellin in northwest ….
August 18 (CDN) — (Compass) – China’s most famous house church prisoner, Mr. Xu Yongze, is free. The 58-year-old founder of the Born Again movement was released on May 16, after serving a three-year “re-education through labor” sentence for establishing an illegal ….
July 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – China’s last remaining Eastern Orthodox congregation is on the verge of extinction. The only priest, 76-year-old Father Zhu Shichao, at Harbin’s Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, is very ill, and Chinese authorities ….
July 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – America is still the land of mega-churches, but China is fast catching up. China’s official Protestant Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) contains huge congregations often squeezed into small, historic city-center churches. Now a ….
June 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – As Hong Kong prepares for legislative elections in September, the Catholic Church says that it will not oppose individuals taking part in the elections, and it is willing to verify and endorse those who are interested in the elections. ….
June 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – In Anhui province in eastern China, reliable house church sources say control is being further tightened by the provincial government that has enforced a repressive religious policy for many years. On October 15, 1999, the 9th People’s ….
June 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – Zhang Rongliang, also known as David Zhang, is at large in China despite receiving a three-years’ hard labor sentence in December 1999. Reliable reports from central China say he was able to buy himself out of jail. But Born Again ….
June 23 (CDN) — (Compass) – Alan Yuan, 86, reported in early May that he has experienced very little interference from authorities since the summer of 1999. Beijing authorities had pressured Yuan to register his house church during 1996 and 1997, but eventually ….
May 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – Two of China’s most famous Protestant church leaders face differing challenges over the next few months. Xu Yongze, the 59-year-old leader of the “Born Again” house church movement, is thought to be due for release in May or June after ….
May 19 (CDN) — (Compass) – House church leaders accuse the Three Self leadership of being the government’s “intelligence network” among Christians and of reporting the existence of house churches to the Public Security Bureau. These house churches then come ….
April 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – At a January Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB, the government body responsible for oversight of religions) conference, delegates were told the number of Protestants in China was 25 million. A leaked report from China’s security ….
April 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – Five house church leaders from the “Born Again” movement of Xu Yongze were arrested at their homes in China’s southern Henan province on December 27, 1999. Each was sentenced in February to two years’ hard labor. Another full-time ….
March 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – The Chinese government convened a national Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) conference on January 10 in Beijing. At the conference, a new document on religious policy by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the ….
March 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – Part two of a house church document recently received from Henan province chronicles persecution from 1994 to 1999 in Fugou county in central Henan. On the morning of April 16, 1999, the Christians of Haogang village had their meeting ….
March 17 (CDN) — (Compass) – China expects an upsurge of North Korean refugees in March and April, as snow and ice melts along mountain trails enabling more North Koreans to sneak across the border. Ethnic Korean Christians in China face unenviable risks in ….
February 18 (CDN) — (Compass) – Persecution of Christians in China continues to be denied by high-level government spokesmen. In some parts of rural China, however, arrests, fines and harassment have become commonplace. Last summer, house church Christians in Henan ….
February 18 (CDN) — (Compass) – The sentencing of six Protestant house church leaders to hard labor last December and the arrest of six more leaders of the Roman Catholic underground church are but “the tip of the iceberg” of religious oppression, according to five ….
February 18 (CDN) — (Periodically, Compass will post articles from its archives that have continuing significance. We felt that this article, which first appeared in Compass Direct in February 2000, warranted revisiting. — editor.)February 2000 (Compass) — “The truth ….
January 21 (CDN) — (Compass) – The amount of popular, devotional literature available to Christians in China has declined sharply since the return of Hong Kong to the mainland in July 1997. “We get fewer visitors from Hong Kong now since the handover, and they were ..