(Peking) On 29 August, hundreds of Chinese Catholics entered the path of the destruction of their church by the communist regime and were able to get their way (for the time being).
As in a video, the faithful called "Jesus, save me!" And "Mother Mary, have mercy on us!" When they stood in the way of the demolition vehicles and the police.
The "old church" of Wangcun
The incident happened a few days ago in Wangcun, a few kilometers from Changzhi in the southeast of the Chinese province of Shanxi.
In order to prevent the destruction of their church, hundreds of Catholics, together with their priests, gathered themselves together in the pouring rain around the church and around the wall in prayer. They referred to the freedom of religion, which is officially guaranteed by the People's Republic of China.
The communist regime had previously granted permission to restore the church, which is a jewel of Chinese church architecture of the early 20th century. The restoration work had begun four months ago. Then the local rulers considered the matter, and have now ordered the demolition of the church.
On August 25, 2012, the city government decided to return the old church of Wangcun, along with its property, to the Catholic community of the city. This immediately set the faithful to collecting the money to restore the church.
A few weeks ago, the district committee of the Communist Party of China and the district government suddenly decided that the church should not be restored but demolished. Officially, the reason for this was the creation of a place "to enrich national life".
By their courageous presence the faithful were able to prevent the demolition of the church at the last minute. The Communist authorities have set up the demolition to undertake a "an attempt at resolution" as reported by AsiaNews.
In Changzhi, there are more than 50,000 Catholics, of 47 priests. The Diocese includes more than 60 churches and chapels.
Here's the video:
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