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China: Christian Criminally Detained in Sichuan, Seminaries Shut Down

For background on Orthodox Christianity in China, see here.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Wenzhou Christian Criminally Detained in Sichuan, Seminaries Shut Down,” International Christian Concern, August 25, 2022:

08/25/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – On August 20, a Christian woman named Li Chunqing from Zhejiang province’s Wenzhou sent out an open prayer letter for her husband Lin Xuesui who was detained for attending Sunday worship.

On June 14, Lin was criminally detained by the Public Security Bureau for “organizing and supporting illegal gathering” in Sichuan’s Gulin county. Two other Christians were also arrested under the same charge and kept at Gulin Detention Center.

On July 22, Lin was formally arrested, while the other two were released on bail pending trial.

According to Li, her husband was invited to rural area in Gulin to visit Christians there prior to his arrest. He discovered that the good news has not been heard sufficiently and decided to stay. She finds it ridiculous that Lin is now labeled as a criminal who can endanger the society….

Meanwhile, the Civil Affairs Bureau of Wenzhou’s Lucheng District issued a notice to disband two seminaries on August 8.

Wenzhou Bowen Bible Institute and Wenzhou Bible Institute are considered “illegal social organizations” by the government for they failed to register….

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