#ShortNews: China to require national anthem, raising of flag at Mass, other religious ceremonies

The official Catholic Church in China website quoted a report from the website of the Central United Front Work Department saying that the Sixth Joint Conference of the Country’s Religious Groups was held on July 31 in Beijing.

A joint statement was issued by all nine government-sanctioned religious organizations: the Buddhist Association of China, Chinese Taoist Association, Islamic Association of China, Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, Bishops Conference of the Catholic Church in China, National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, China Christian Council, China Young Men’s Christian Association Countrywide Association and the Young Women’s Christian Association.

They propose raising the national flag at all religious venues to help religious figures and believers strengthen their national consciousness and civic awareness, deepen their political, ideological and emotional recognition of the Communist Party and the country, and adhere to religious Sinicization.

Read the nine major points proposed in the initiative: https://www.ucanews.com/news/chinas-religious-venues-urged-to-fly-the-flag/82993

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