China Cracks Down on Official Church Leaders, Religious Rights Attorneys

Christians suffer harsh sentences, coerced ‘confessions.’

(Morning Star News) – China’s crack-down on state-approved churches continued last month with a harsh sentence given to a pastor of an official church in Zhejiang Province after he criticized authorities’ demolition of church crosses. Pastor Bao Guohua of Holy Love Christian Church in Jinhua received a sentence of 14 years in prison, and his […]

China Now Cracking Down on ‘Official’ Churches

A new Cultural Revolution is upon us.

(Morning Star News) – Between 1958 and 1961, at least 18 million (and possibly as many as 45 million) Chinese died as a direct result of Chairman Mao’s disastrous socio-economic campaign known as the “Great Leap Forward.” Subsequently dissent rose within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 1966 Mao struck back, launching the socio-political movement […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]

China Detains Christian Attorney, Activist Fighting Harassment of Churches

Officials seek to silence, neutralize advocates for freedom of religion/speech.

(Morning Star News) – A Christian activist writing against harassment of churches in China’s Zhejiang Province was temporarily detained and threatened this month, and an attorney representing some of the fellowships remains missing. The detentions are the latest signs of a government crackdown on at least 230 human rights lawyers and activists since July. China’s […]

Religious Persecution in China Dramatically Worsened in 2014, Group Says

Advocacy organization reports steep increase in cases, people harmed.

(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.

(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.

(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 .

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.

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 […]