Religion: A Church in Crisis Weeps and Prays

China's government clamps down on a Christian revival

The first reports of trouble were confined to Henan. Foreign visitors to that central China province said that more than 200 Protestants had been arrested last year by the national police. The victims were leaders of so-called house churches: unauthorized gatherings, usually in private homes, of Christians. Some of those arrested were released within days, but others are still being held.

Since the Henan arrests, similar accounts of persecution have begun to spill out from nearly half of China's provinces, as well as Shanghai, its largest...

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