Spring 2018 Vol. 38 - No. 188 The Church in China Facing Severe Political Pressure
Sometime in the middle of last year, a reporter asked a Chinese official about the progress of the talks between China and the Holy See. The official responded in this manner: if the Holy See made a concrete gesture to show its sincerity, then better.........
China Church and News Update 2017
Compiled by Sergio Ticozzi, PIME
Factors behind Xi Jinping's Scorched-Earth Policy toward Dissidents and Civil Society
In its late 2017 report on the status and development of the public sphere in more than 100 countries, CIVICUS downgraded Chinas rating from“repressed”to“closed.” CIVICUS, or World Alliance for Citizen Participation, deplored the“continued
The Tightening of Restrictions over Religions in China
In the past 30 years there has been a remarkable resurgence of religious belief, belonging, and practice in China. This includes all forms of religion—Daoism, Han Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism, Protestant and Catholic Christianity, folk .......
When there is a Cleft in the Public Sphere: a Glimpse of the Suppressed Mainland Civil Society Today
Lo Man Wai, translated by Bibiana Wong
In the field of sociology, the concepts of“civil society”and“the public sphere”refer to two different levels and are often mentioned in the same breath. The former denotes a wide scope of civil organizations and connections beyond the .......
Religion in China: Imperialistic or Socialistic?
Recently Chinese authorities have launched a strong appeal for the“politicization”of religious work and religious circles. According to Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA), .......
Religious Affairs Regulations (2017 Revision)
Based on a translation by China Law Translate, and modified by the Holy Spirit Study Centre editorial staff
The State Council of the People's Republic of China promulgated Decree No. 686: Religious Affairs Regulations on 26th August, 2017. .......
Statistics of the Catholic Church in China (2017)
Compiled by the Holy Spirit Study Centre (up to December 31, 2017)
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