China: Christians forbidden from holding prayer meeting deemed 'illegal' by authorities

By Florence Taylor for the Christian Times

Last month three churches in Handan were vandalised, each having their tabernacle burgled and eucharist desecrated.

In response to the crimes, the bishop of the diocese organised a day of prayer and fasting in one of the churches in Di Xiao Di Ba village.

However, police and the Religious Affairs Bureau in Handan banned local Catholics from holding the meeting on June 6, claiming they did not have permission to gather Christians from different districts.

Christians were prevented from entering the village and some priests were placed on surveillance and forced to stay at home.

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