- Jan 22, 2020
“You’ve just ruled yourself out of a whole bunch of investment if you’ve given in to this monochromatic view of religion, that it has to be this and everybody else we punish,” said U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.
The Chinese government has targeted unregistered Catholic and Protestant churches with a new expansion of rules and regulations governing religious organizations.
Asia’s leading cardinal was among the dozens of people to sign an open letter to the Hong Kong government to complain about “police brutality” over the Christmas period in the self-governing Chinese city.
China on Monday sentenced a prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party-recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison.
When Pope Francis ticked off all the countries suffering political and violent unrest during his traditional Christmas blessing and prayed for peace in these nations, one city, Hong Kong, which is currently in the thick of months of heated protests, was notably absent from this list.
Traffickers have increasingly targeted Pakistan’s impoverished Christian population over the past two years, paying desperate families to give their daughters and sisters, some of them teenagers, into marriage with Chinese men.