CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1996. Duan Yuxin, 82, has suffered from mental illness for more than 60 years. During spells of her illness her main symptom was to walk around the village day and night, loudly reciting Bible verses. From 1966 to 1976, the ten-year period when religion was prohibited, she was the only one who could openly recite Bible verses. Because she was a madwoman, the government was unable to make her stop. On many nights during the time of religious suppression, believers…

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1996. Duan Yuxin, 82, has suffered from mental illness for more than 60 years. During spells of her illness her main symptom was to walk around the village day and night, loudly reciting Bible verses. From 1966 to 1976, the ten-year period when religion was prohibited, she was the only one who could openly recite Bible verses. Because she was a madwoman, the government was unable to make her stop. On many nights during the time of religious suppression, believers…

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. The deceased.

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. The deceased.

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. Praying for an illegal priest who just died.

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. Praying for an illegal priest who just died.

Cardinal Zen says ‘naïve’ Pope and bad advisors are betraying underground Church in China

Cardinal Zen says ‘naïve’ Pope and bad advisors are betraying underground Church in China

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen says ‘naïve’ Pope and bad advisors are betraying underground Church in China

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen says ‘naïve’ Pope and bad advisors are betraying underground Church in China

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1994. The old Bishop of an "Unofficial Church", Fan Yu Fei prays for people who are ill. Because he belonged to the "Unofficial Church," he was always under government surveillance. On April 22, 1992, he was suddenly and arbitrarily arrested and was locked up for 5 months. On April 5, 1995, he suddenly died of a heart problem while visiting a parish.

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1994. The old Bishop of an "Unofficial Church", Fan Yu Fei prays for people who are ill. Because he belonged to the "Unofficial Church," he was always under government surveillance. On April 22, 1992, he was suddenly and arbitrarily arrested and was locked up for 5 months. On April 5, 1995, he suddenly died of a heart problem while visiting a parish.

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. Qiang Yongshon, 53 years old, is an Abbot of the Shaanxi Province's 'Francisco Monastery'. There are 12 fathers in this monastery, all of whom are "underground Catholics" and do not belong to the official registered church authorised by the Government. Father Qiang Yongshon looks after nearly 600 Catholic believers in a dozen villages in the mountains.

CHINA. Shanxi Province. 1995. Qiang Yongshon, 53 years old, is an Abbot of the Shaanxi Province's 'Francisco Monastery'. There are 12 fathers in this monastery, all of whom are "underground Catholics" and do not belong to the official registered church authorised by the Government. Father Qiang Yongshon looks after nearly 600 Catholic believers in a dozen villages in the mountains.

CHINA. Poli Zhuang Cun, Shangdong Province. 1993. This church was built in 1889. During the religious suppression it was not torn down because it was used as a school auditorium. In the 1980s, after the prohibition of religion was repealed, the government returned this building to the church organization. Due to lack of funds for repair it is now unusable.

CHINA. Poli Zhuang Cun, Shangdong Province. 1993. This church was built in 1889. During the religious suppression it was not torn down because it was used as a school auditorium. In the 1980s, after the prohibition of religion was repealed, the government returned this building to the church organization. Due to lack of funds for repair it is now unusable.

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1995. Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law at evening prayers.

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1995. Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law at evening prayers.

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1993. A Sister prepares rice cakes as "religious hosts" for mass.

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1993. A Sister prepares rice cakes as "religious hosts" for mass.

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