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-Chinese House Church Leader Sentenced to 2 Years in Labor Camp

Monday, August 1st, 2011

                                                 (Image via Wikipedia) Shi Enhao, deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance and an underground pastor, was sentenced this week to two years in a labor camp. He was charged with holding “illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings”. Enhao was sentenced by Chinese authorities without a trial or access […]

-China: Battle Over Catholic Church Control Heats Up

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Chinese authorities have insisted for a long time that the Catholic Church in China is under government control and not subject to ‘foreign’ (Vatican) influence. As a result of this policy, the Chinese government has chosen new Bishops over the Catholic Church in China and has kept the old ones loyal to the pope under […]

-Dalai Lama Gives Up Political Position but Remains Tibetan Spiritual Leader

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

On Tuesday (5/31/11), the Dalai Lama formally relinquished his political and administrative powers over the Tibetan government in exile. However he retained his religious position as the Tibetan spiritual leader. Lobsang Sangay, who was elected last month to replace the Dalai Lama as “head of state” over the Tibetan government in exile, now assumes that […]

-Scholar: China Notices Link Between Christianity and Economic Success?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

                                          (Flag of China via Wikipedia) The Chinese Communist authorities are all about controlling religion in their country particularly Christianity. They have noted the role that Christianity played in bringing down the Berlin Wall, Communist Poland,  and the Romanian despot and would like to avoid that outcome. However, one scholar says that the rulers have […]

-Chinese Authorities Block House Church Easter Services

Monday, April 25th, 2011

                                                    (Image via Wikipedia) The crackdown continues on a major house church in Beijing and dozens were arrested as the 1,000-member Shouwang Church attempted to hold Easter meetings outdoors. Chinese government officials evicted Shouwang from its previous place of worship in November and blocked the congregation recently from entering new facilities purchased with church funds. […]

-The Pope Speaks Out Against Persecution of Christians Around the World

Monday, January 10th, 2011

(Image by Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr) VATICAN CITY —On Monday during a speech to ambassadors, Pope Benedict XVI urged Pakistan to over-turn its controversial blasphemy laws. The Pope said that the laws were being used as an excuse for violence against Christians and non-Muslims: "I once more encourage the leaders of that […]