Ever since Bishop Fan Xueyan died in 1992, believers have been prevented from paying respects to someone who spent his life resisting religious persecution.
New suppression measures include the ban on pilgrimages and customized “political conversion” of those refusing to join the Patriotic Catholic Association.
Arrests of clergy and demands to join the Patriotic Church are not the only means by which the CCP is suppressing underground Catholics. An exclusive interview with a dissident priest.
The faith of Chinese Catholics is grounded in the martyrdom of 120 saints who gave their life for Christ and the Church. Now, CCP is systematically removing their statues from the churches.
As an alternative to demolition, Catholics are told that their churches should be stripped of all religious symbols. Once this has been done, the buildings are declared “cultural centers” where religious activities are prohibited.
A priest in Hebei who urged Chinese Communist Party to arrest his (underground) bishop was punished by his diocese with the approval of the Holy See.