The days leading up to Easter are always a sombre time for
Christians. But this year in Beijing, many believers have the added
concern of not knowing if or where they’ll be allowed to celebrate the
holiest day of the year on the Christian calendar.
members of one of Beijing’s largest Protestant house churches, including
its two pastors, were detained and hundreds of police were deployed in a
commercial district in the northwest of the city in order to prevent
the congregation from holding an outdoor Palm Sunday service. The
leaders of the Shouwang church said they would nonetheless try again
next week – Easter Sunday – unless they are given permission to
celebrate the mass indoors at their usual premises.
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