China bans Christian funerals

Christian funerals have been banned in some areas of China as the communist government begins to enforce a set of restrictive regulations on religious practices.

Feb 07, 2020

HONG KONG: Christian funerals have been banned in some areas of China as the communist government begins to enforce a set of restrictive regulations on religious practices.

In the eastern province of Zhejiang, the government has put in force a set of Regulations on Centralized Funeral Arrangement, which bans priests from attending funeral prayers outside a religious place.

The government claims the new rules aim to “get rid of bad funeral customs and establish a scientific, civilised and economical way of funerals.”

The new rules began to take effect recently, although enacted on Dec 1, said a Catholic in Wenzhou Diocese in Zhejiang.

“Clerical personnel are not allowed to participate in funerals” at homes and “no more than ten family members of the deceased are allowed to read scriptures or sing hymns in a low voice,” the rules state.

The regulations strictly ban religious activities outside religious places. A priest then will not be able to hold funeral prayers outside the church. --ucanews.org

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