Underground Zhengding bishop refuses to comply because 'the doors of the Church are open to all'
A file photo of physically challenged children in an orphanage attached to Zhengding Diocese in northern China. The government is threatening to take over the orphanage and its land. (Photo supplied)
A Catholic bishop in northern China's Hebei province has been asked to ban children from entering churches if he wants to reopen his churches and run an orphanage.Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding has refused to sign a document that bans children below the age of 18 from entering churches, which was set as a condition for him to reopen churches. The move by authorities in Jinzhou city comes as churches have reopened in most parts of China and started religious services with restrictions, almost six months after they were closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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