Chinese Christians Stand Strong Despite Government’s Continued Church Demolition

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 15: Chinese Catholic Bishop Zhang Hong, right, blesses newly baptized worshippers during a special ceremony at a mass on Holy Saturday during Easter celebrations at the government sanctioned West Beijing Catholic Church on April 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians, allowing legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts ‘underground’ to congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there are more than 80 million Christians inside China; some studies support the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world in the coming years. Officially there have been no relations between China and the Vatican since the country’s modern founding in 1949 though in recent years there have been signs of warming relations between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Pope Francis that could possibly allow greater religious freedom in the future. At present, the split means approved Chinese Christians worship within a state-sanctioned Church known as the Patriotic Association which regards the Communist Party as its leader, not the Pope in Rome. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A number of Christians in China have said they are willing to lay down their lives in an attempt to stop the government bulldozing their ancient Church buildings.

In it’s most recent crackdown, the Chinese government ordered
600 officials to demolish the Marian shrine of Mujiaping, which serves as a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Hearing that the government was attempting to destroy their precious place of worship, local residents, many of whom are from impoverished communities, conducted a “sit-in protest” at the site.

“We are willing to lay down our lives,” one of them told Asia News, defiant in resistance against the anti-Christian government. Knowing that it was unlikely they would be able to stop the sizeable force contracted by the government to destroy their buildings, the faithful believers simply asked for prayer.

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Source: Faithwire