Thousands of Chinese Catholics gathered in Shanghai on Friday for a celebration to honour the Virgin Mary, in a show of religious fervour permitted by the Communist-ruled state. China exercises strict control over religion, requiring followers to worship in state-approved churches.Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 5:37am
Pope Benedict XVI called on China’s new leaders to “esteem the contributions of the religions” during his traditional Christmas message.
Speaking from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica in a message watched by millions around the world, the pontiff said on Tuesday that he hoped the new leaders would “help build a fraternal society for that noble people and of the whole world”.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The complex life of Bishop Ding Guangxun, who died last week aged 97, was perfectly illustrated at his funeral on Tuesday.
A controversial figure with both religious and political roles, he was the head of the mainland's state-sanctioned Protestant church and also "a close friend of the Communist Party".29 Nov 2012 - 5:01am
Chinese authorities have announced a ban on temples selling shares to investors after managers of several popular ones planned to pursue stock market listings for them as commercial entities. Even the famed Shaolin Temple of kung fu movie fame was once rumoured to be planning a stock market debut.26 Oct 2012 - 2:53pm
Each year on the mainland, there are hundreds of thousands of "mass incidents", that is, protests involving more than 50 people. Indeed, demonstrations involving thousands of people are a frequent phenomenon. Chinese leaders are concerned about serious domestic as well as international challenges, and there is less talk of a "glorious era" in the mainstream mainland media.16 Aug 2012 - 2:33am
Marx decried religion as the 'opium of the people'. The current position of the Chinese Communist Party is more ambivalent; indeed, some argue China's leaders see an appeal in the sedative effects of religion.21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
The End of Cheap China by Shaun Rein John Wiley & Sons
This is a lively, well-written book about the transformation of China's economy and how it will change the world profoundly.27 May 2012 - 12:00am
A Russian cellist caught on camera insulting and swearing at a Chinese woman on a train has been sacked by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra for 'damaging its reputation'.23 May 2012 - 12:00am
Businesses on the mainland that help people sweep their relatives' graves during the annual Ching Ming festival have come under a media spotlight, and sparked controversy over the commercialisation of filial piety.4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Beijing has tightened controls on religious groups by imposing restrictions on their charitable activities, complicating their efforts to secure foreign aid.28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am