Religious Persecution in China Dramatically Worsened in 2014, Group Says

Advocacy organization reports steep increase in cases, people harmed.

Outdoor site where Shouwang Church met in Beijing. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in China reached its highest level in more than a decade last year as the government cracked down on church growth perceived as a threat to Communist Party power, according to a U.S.-based advocacy group. Texas-based China Aid Association (CAA) this week reported 572 cases of religious – […]

Nightmare Continues for Family of Freed Prisoner of Conscience in China

Wife of Gao Zhisheng calls on U.S. to urge China to let him travel for medical treatment.

Gao Zhisheng. (China Aid)

(Morning Star News) – When Chinese authorities released Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng from prison on Aug.7, we didn’t hear anything from him, presumably because of the communist state’s one-year prohibition against him saying anything publicly that might “damage the reputation or interests of the state.” His family had telephone conversations with him, but […]

Incarceration Time Increases for Three Members of Shouwang Church in China

Detention for five days marks new level of harassment of harried church.

Chen Youwei, Lan Shunfang and Dai Liying. (Morning Star News via Shouwang Church)

(Morning Star News) – In a higher level of punishment since Beijing’s Shouwang Church began meeting outdoors in April 2011, three members of the congregation on Monday (May 5) have been placed in detention for five days, sources said. Police arrested two men, Chen Youwei and Lan Shunfang, and a woman, Dai Liying, along with […]

Officials in China Block Christians from Appealing Illegal Prison Terms, Advocacy Group Says

Banned ‘Shouters’ sentenced beyond legal limit.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Local officials in China’s Inner Mongolia region are blocking three Christians convicted as “cult” members from appealing prison terms that exceed the legal limit, according to advocacy organization China Aid Association. The Yuquan District People’s Court in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, convicted Hu Gong, Wen Weihong and Liu Aiying […]

Rash of Church Closures Evidence of Plan to End Unregistered Congregations, CAA Says

More than a dozen churches in Hainan Province ordered to stop meeting .

Hainan Island (Province), off southern-most coast of China. (Map Layers and Relief Maps)

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – China’s shuttering of more than a dozen unregistered congregations in Hainan Province is evidence of a plan to do away with house churches, according to the China Aid Association (CAA). Besides the church closures on Hainan Island off China’s southern-most coast in the past several weeks, officials have threatened to […]

Pastor Gong Shengliang Suffers Stroke in Chinese Prison

Former leader of banned house church movement denied medical treatment, daughter writes.

House church movement leader Gong Shengliang.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Gong Shengliang, imprisoned in China since 2001 for his leadership of a large house church movement, is suffering from lack of medical treatment after suffering a stroke, according to his daughter. In an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping published on the Websites of China Ministries International and China […]

Persecution Rises in China as Plan Begins to End House Churches

Communist government starts eradication of ‘unofficial’ Christian congregations.

Outdoor site where Shouwang Church, an unregistered church persecuted by the Communist government of China, meets in Beijing.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – China’s Christians felt a noticeable rise in persecution in 2012 as the Communist government began the first of a three-phase plan to eradicate unregistered house churches, a new report says. Cases of persecution of Christians rose by about 42 percent last year compared with 2011, according to the report by […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

Egyptian clergyman amid church building damaged in Islamist attack. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]

Secret Police Suspected in Attack on Church Pastor in China

Authorities restrict activities of Christian leader.

NEW DELHI  (Morning Star News) – China’s secret police are suspected of involvement in an attack on a Beijing pastor last month.   An unidentified man in a black SUV with covered license plates chased Liu Fenggang, a Beijing house church pastor who has served two prison terms for defending other Christians’ rights, and smashed […]