‘We are scared, but we have Jesus’: China and its war on Christianity

Source: The Guardian

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Crackdown on unofficial churches comes as Vatican and Beijing sign controversial deal on appointment of bishops.

A man waits outside during a mass at the South Cathedral in Beijing
 A man waits outside during a mass at the South Cathedral in Beijing Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Pastor Jin Mingri has felt firsthand the pain of one of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s harshest crackdowns on religion in years.

Jin’s Zion Church in Beijing, one of the biggest unofficial congregations in the country, was abruptly demolished by authorities this month, who then sent him a bill for 1.2m yuan (£133,000) for the related costs. Jin had preached there every Sunday for decades.

“Before, as long as you didn’t meddle in politics the government left you alone,” he said. “But now if you don’t push the Communist party line, if you don’t display your love for the party, you are a target.

“Of course we’re scared, we’re in China, but we have Jesus.”

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