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  1. Police round up 27 Christians

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Beijing police yesterday rounded up 27 Christians who were trying to hold a Sunday service at a public plaza, in the seventh week of a crackdown against one ... Officially atheist, the central government permits worship only in state-sanctioned churches, although scholars say around 50 million Christians continue to worship in unregistered 'house' ...

  2. Christians detained as crackdown continues

    Posted May 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu As the crackdown on mainland Christians continued for a fifth week, more than a dozen members of one of the most influential unofficial churches were detained yesterday ... Religious affairs scholars say police appear to be following a strategy of placing more followers under house arrest so that they cannot worship outdoors. Some Christians who had been previously ...

  3. Dozens more Christians detained or placed under house arrest

    Posted Apr 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 36 Christians and placing dozens under house arrest for trying to worship at an outdoor Easter service, according to its leader. Officials have confined Shouwang Protestant Church's ... morning, large numbers of police surrounded the building where the service was scheduled to take place. As a group of about 20 Christians began to pray on the podium near the scheduled time ...

  4. Police round up pastors, Christians for second time

    Posted Apr 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu The government showed no signs of relaxing its grip on unofficial churches over the weekend, as police detained church leaders in Beijing and Shandong and rounded up nearly 50 Christians trying to attend an outdoor service in the capital for the second Sunday in a row. The move came after police detained 169 worshippers of the Shouwang Protestant Church the previous Sunday ...

  5. Church head accuses Christians of faking persecution

    Posted Aug 06th 2004, 12:00am by Dennis Ho

    ... Chan Siu-sin and Dennis Ho Protestant leader says dissidents exaggerate to win asylum A senior leader of the mainland's official Protestant governing body yesterday accused Christian ... 'The Bible is a main thing in Christianity. Now we are printing a large quantity of Bibles. If there is no religious freedom, would this be possible?' The Three-Self Patriotic Movement ...

  6. Test of faith

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... name for fear of reprisals, is one of hundreds of Christians from the Beijing-based Shouwang Church who have been risking detention, losing their jobs or being evicted by their landlords ... two Sundays. The church will attempt to hold another outdoor service again today. Some Christians have been detained two or three times, although many who have been in custody once have been ...

  7. House churches insist on end to travel bans

    Posted Oct 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Representatives from mainland house churches barred from leaving the country to attend a global Christian conference issued a rare strongly worded letter, demanding ... They have become the mainstay of the Chinese Christian Church.' The strong reaction from the rapidly expanding house churches came after 200 of their representatives were barred from joining ...

  8. Building of churches booms in Beijing

    Posted Mar 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... the city's burgeoning Christian community. Two ultra-modern churches, each costing 20 million yuan, will be completed by early next year. Each building can accommodate 1,000 worshippers. A smaller ... lot where a church in Chaoyang will be built. Pastor Yu Xinli, director of the Beijing Christian Council, said some of the nine existing churches in the city had to offer five Sunday services ...

  9. Founded on real life

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Richard James Havis Witnessing the evolution of a musical work is a fascinating experience- particularly if you've written it. In a small rehearsal room deep below New York's Lincoln Centre, mainland composer Huang Ruo and Hong Kong librettist C ...

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    Shouwang Church takes legal action against cops for religious persecution

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Shouwang Church leader submits document accusing officers of repressing worshippers 'Barred' pastor in legal move against police Shouwang Church, one of the mainland's most influential unofficial Protestant church ...




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