Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Iran, China detain hundreds of Christians

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
12/12/2018 (1 month ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

While religious leaders marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week by saying that more should be done to preserve human rights, both Iran and China detained upwards of 100 Christians.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/12/2018 (1 month ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iran, China detain hundreds, Christians


Tehran, Iran, (CNA/EWTN News) - The United Nations declaration, which was proclaimed Dec. 10, 1948, affirms that ‽Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom ... to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

Pope Francis told a conference meeting on human rights Monday that everyone is ‽called to contribute with courage and determination, in the specificity of their role, to the respect of the fundamental rights of every person."

And ahead of the declaration's anniversary, the Holy See's representative to the United Nations said the occasion presented an opportunity to ‽reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights," while also warning that parts of the world are experiencing the consequences of failing to uphold those rights.

Thus, according to Open Doors UK, 114 Christians were arrested last week in Iran. And the New York Times reports that in China's Sichuan province, a Protestant pastor and more than 100 members of his congregation were detained Dec. 9.

In China, the Sunday raid was conducted at Early Rain Covenant Church, an underground community in Chengdu, which is led by Wang Yi. Some members of the ecclesial community were released Dec. 10, but were then put under house arrest.

Wang is a prominent human rights activist; he met with US president George W. Bush in 2006 to discuss religious freedom in China.

Sam Brownback, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, tweeted about the raid, saying, ‽we're deeply concerned" about the government ‽crackdown on house churches."

‽We call on China to release leaders/congregants & allow members of unregistered churches to exercise their #ReligiousFreedom rights," Brownback wrote.

Religious freedom is officially guaranteed by the Chinese constitution, but religious groups must register with the government, and are overseen by the Chinese Communist Party. President Xi Jinping has in recent years pushed for the Sinicization of religion and strengthened government oversight.

China has practiced greater repressions of Muslims in recent years; it is believed that as many as 1 million Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group in China's far west, are being held in extra-legal detention.

The Telegraph reported Dec. 10 that many of the Christians detained in Iran last week were converts from Islam. They were instructed to cut off ties with Christian groups and to relate the story of their Christian activities.

Shia Islam is the state religion of Iran, though several religious minorities are recognized and granted freedom of worship. However, conversion from Islam is strictly prohibited.

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, told the Telegraph that the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran by the US ‽has contributed to the government's ever-increasing dependence on hardline Islamic ayatollahs, who naturally see Christianity as a threat to their power. For this reason, it's not surprising that we're seeing an increase in Christian persecution."

An Open Doors spokesperson, Zoe Smith, commented that the increase in arrests of Christians ‽follows an established trend of the Iranian government " as the number of converts to Christianity increase, so the authorities place greater restrictions on churches," adding that ‽the restrictions are worse for churches seen to be attended by Christians who have converted from Islam."

Your Prayer Requests 'LIVE'

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary.
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.


Comments


More Middle East

Cardinal Tagle at Black Nazarene celebration: Be a devotee, not a fanatic Watch

Image of

Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila told pilgrims at a popular annual procession in the Philippines to take caution against becoming "fanatics," ... continue reading


Nigerian priest abducted on Christmas Eve: Prayer saved us Watch

Image of

A Nigerian priest who was kidnapped on Christmas Eve recalled his experience after Mass this week, saying prayer is what saved him. Abuja, ... continue reading


From bartender to priest: 'God is very insistent!' Watch

Image of

How do you go from being a bartender who has not attended Mass for 15 years to becoming a priest? Santander, Spain, (ACI Prensa) - For Fr. ... continue reading


Pakistani province announces plan to protect religious minorities Watch

Image of

A Pakistani official announced this week a new ‽Minorities Empowerment Package" and the creation of a task force to ensure the rights ... continue reading


Iran, China detain hundreds of Christians Watch

Image of

While religious leaders marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week by saying that more should be ... continue reading



FREE Catholic Classes for All Ages!

St. Patrick

All New FREE St. Patrick Class

In the 4th century AD, Irish pirates captured a boy in Roman Britain and forced him to work as a slave. Yet, God chose this faithful boy to change the fate of an entire nation. Learn what happens when God calls the humble boy Patrick out of slavery to serve the Irish people.

Start Class Now >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.