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In Henan, Chinese Catholics warned to follow rules on religious affairs

Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs.

Ucanews.com reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run nurseries closed and children expelled from Mass.

Now Henan Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Henan Catholic Administration Commission have jointly issued a circular, warning worshippers to take the new rules seriously.

It warned people to follow “the principle of religion and education separation” and the revised regulations on religious affairs. It said no religious venue should hold training sessions and no children should be brought to church by parents.

“It was only propaganda and education previously, but now there is a red line, a high-pressure line, so take it seriously,” the circular said.

Picture: A Catholic church is decorated ahead of Easter in Youtong, in China’s Hebei province. (CNS photo/Damir Sagolj, Reuters).