Religion in China

China’s Catholics show fervour in Shanghai celebration

Catholics pray at Our Lady of Sheshan Basilica Catholic church in Shanghai on Friday. Photo: AFP

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 calls on China's new leaders to respect religions

Pope Benedict XVI delivers the traditional Urbi et Orbi to some 40,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square. Photo: Reuters

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

Two settings at Bishop Ding Guangxun's funeral reflect his life

People attend the funeral of Bishop Ding Guangxun, a controversial religious and political figure.

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

China tackles temple profiteering

A monk uses an iphone at the Yonghegong Lama temple in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

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

Civil society thrives on the mainland, so long as it leaves politics well alone

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

A little faith in faith could help heal society's troubles

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

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

Russian cellist fired for rant on train

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

Rent-a-sweep trade is a grave offence to some

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

New controls on religious groups' work

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

To history, today's violence is a speck

We all know there were bloody and violent periods throughout Chinese history. But how violent?

According to a new book by Harvard psychologist and polymath Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, China has five of the 21 conflicts with the highest death tolls in history.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cemetery operator cashes in on overseas Chinese

Overseas Chinese trying to find their roots - not to mention a final resting place - are swelling profits at China Boon Holdings, which runs cemeteries on the mainland, because they are willing to pay five times more for grave sites than locals pay.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Academics explain objections to by-elections plan

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai home sales slide to six-year low

The number of Shanghai residential transactions fell to a six-year low last month after the central government enforced restrictions on the number of home purchases in an effort to curb demand.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Starring: Li Bingbing, Gianna Jun Ji-hyun, Hugh Jackman, Jiang Wu Directed by: Wayne Wang Category: IIA (Putonghua and English)

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am