Mongolia, bordering Russia and China, could help ease church’s troubled relations with Beijing and support the pontiff’s efforts for dialogue on Ukraine.
Religions in China
many Chinese adults practice religion or hold religious beliefs, but only 1 in 10 formally identify with a religious group, a figure that has not risen over the last 15 years.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a man charged in the misuse of more than $30 million donated by religious groups and individuals for Christian ministry in China.
Pope Francis, the world Catholics leader, decided to accept China’s unilateral appointment of new bishop in Shanghai.
China has controlled religious affairs in Tibet for decades, and in recent years began a persecution campaign against Muslims in the Xinjiang.
The Dalai Lama celebrated his 88th birthday on Thursday, as hundreds of his supporters and exiled Tibetans thronged his hillside Indian headquarters in Dharamsala.
“China may be overtaking the US as the largest Christian country in the world by Easter Day (17 April) 2033 – the 2000th anniversary of the resurrection.”
Residents of a majority-Muslim town in southwestern China clashed with police over the weekend as they tried to stop the demolition of a domed roof from a centuries-old mosque.
China banned Falun Gong, based broadly around meditation, in 1999 after 10,000 members appeared at the central leadership compound in Beijing in silent protest.
Pope Francis called on Wednesday for freedom of worship for Catholics in China, a religious minority that has faced historic harassment and persecution in the communist country.