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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The World Seen From Rome: Christianity in China


Zenit News Agency -:

"The people are dissatisfied with the capitalist wave, and disillusioned with Marxism. The poor seek consolation; the martyrs inspire enthusiasm. All this leads to the search for stable values and the profound meaning of life. "

So says Father Bernardo Cervellera of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions who is quite positive about the future of Christianity, especially Catholicism, in China despite general repression. The linked article is a short interview with him.

When asked what was the prospects for Christianity in China he answered

Very good. Every year there are at least 150,000 baptisms of adults, [and] many more among Protestants.