Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press
Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press

Chinese Christians forced to celebrate Christmas in secret

Members of illegal churches in China fear they face stronger crackdowns from the authorities as the government adopts a more nationalist tone

Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press
Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press
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