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By Father Domenico, AsiaNews, 08/03/2020
Christians are forced to choose between faith and work or enlisting. Universities ban students from Sunday Mass. Party members cannot absolutely practise any religion. These are ways the Party defends itself from the growth of Christianity in China. Fr Domenico, a priest from the north of the country, describes the situation. AsiaNews’s investigation into the situation of the Church in China continues two years after the signing of the provisional agreement.
Rome (AsiaNews) – In China one cannot be a civil servant and Catholic, nor can one join the military and be a Christian. These are but some examples of the persecution that takes place in the People’s Republic and which seem to have worsened since China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on episcopal appointments two years ago, which should either lapse or be renewed in September.
In his testimony, Fr Domenico, a priest from Northern China, lists the ways the church is controlled (CCTV cameras, registration, public security, etc.), apparently motivated by the discovery that Catholics and Protestants together outnumber the membership in the Chinese Communist Party.
Fr Domenico’s story is the fifth part of a series of investigative articles into the situation of the Church in China two years after the signing of the provisional agreement. Here are parts one, two, three and four. ….