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Hong Kong churches called to stand up for democracy as Beijing tightens its grip

(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)A pastor's son and pro-democracy campaigner has urged Hong Kong churches to do their part in standing up for freedom in the territory. Samuel Chu, whose father Rev Chu Yiu-ming co-founded the Umbrella Movement, said Hong Kong churches had "fallen behind" in the struggle for democracy. Speaking at a webinar organised by... Read more

Hong Kong priests warned over ‘instigating hatred’

(Photo: Unsplash/JJ Ying)Catholic priests in Hong Kong have been warned over the content of their sermons after the implementation of the National Security Law.  The Tablet reports that Cardinal John Hong Ton has written to priests asking that they refrain from "instigating hatred and social disorder".  Sermons should not "lose touch" with the "concrete situation of... Read more

Hong Kong: American pastor’s son charged under new national security law

Samuel Chu warned that no one is beyond the reach of Hong Kong's national security law(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)A naturalized American citizen and pastor's son has been charged with "inciting secession" and "colluding with foreign powers" under Hong Kong's new national security law.  Samuel Chu is a pro-democracy activist and managing director of the Hong Kong... Read more

Methodist Church urges HSBC to reconsider support for Hong Kong security law

(Photo: Reuters)The Methodist Church of Great Britain has written to HSBC calling for a re-think of its support for new security laws in Hong Kong. It said the national security law, which came into effect in July despite widespread consternation, was a threat to democracy and human rights in Hong Kong.  HSBC's Asia-Pacific chief executive... Read more

Anglican Archbishop of Hong Kong defends national security law despite worldwide criticism

(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)The Anglican Archbishop of Hong Kong has voiced support for the widely criticised national security law imposed on the territory by Beijing. In a letter published in the Church Times, the Most Rev Paul Kwong said he welcomed the law's implementation and refuted the suggestion that it poses a threat to religious... Read more

Pray that Hong Kong’s Christians can stand strong

(Photo: Unsplash/JJ Ying)This week, Beijing horrified millions of Hong Kongers with the enforcement of a new national security law that ushers in sweeping regulations criminalising secession, subversion, "terrorism" and collusion with foreign forces.  Anyone accused of breaking this law faces extradition to China for trial and life in prison.  The wording is so vague that... Read more

National Security law is a ‘threat to Christians’ in Hong Kong

People hold up signs and a mobile phone as they gather at West Kowloon Law Courts Building to show their support to 96 anti-government protesters who were arrested days ago in Hong Kong, China, October 2, 2019.(Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)The imposition of a draconian national security law in Hong Kong this week has given rise to... Read more

Hong Kong activists now face a choice: stay silent, or flee the city. The world must give them a path to safety

Police stand in front of the Legislative Council building a day after it was stormed by anti-extradition Bill protesters(Photo: Reuters) The prospect of a shift from rhetoric to action reveals just how dire the situation in China's world city has become. July 1 is usually associated with Hong Kong's annual pro-democracy march. This year, it... Read more

Cardinal Zen says he’s prepared to be arrested after Hong Kong imposes new security law

(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to face arrest and trial under Hong Kong's new national security law. The 88-year-old said in a video posted to his Facebook page that Hong Kong must "be prepared for the unthinkable" after Beijing imposed sweeping new laws cracking down on free speech and... Read more

‘Heartbreaking’ day for Hong Kong as Beijing imposes national security law

Hong Kongers are fearful of their future after the imposition of a new national security law by Beijing(Photo: Unsplash/Han Min T)Christian human rights campaigner Benedict Rogers has spoken of his heartache for the future of Hong Kong after Beijing passed the contentious national security law.  Rogers, East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide, said... Read more

Fears for Hong Kong clergy under Beijing national security law

(Photo: Unsplash/Ryan McManimie)A blueprint for a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, as proposed by China, has caused concerns that the semi-autonomous city's vocal clergy who have supported the democracy movement could be extradited to and tried in mainland China.The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature, may formally approve... Read more

Hong Kong needs a miracle, says retired cardinal

(Photo: Unsplash/Ryan McManimie)As Beijing continues to tighten its control of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen says the former British colony needs a miracle. The retired Archbishop of Hong Kong and outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party told Crux that he was "very worried" about developments in the territory as Beijing pursues a new national security law. "We... Read more

Boris Johnson says Britain will change immigration rules for people of Hong Kong

(Photo: Unsplash/Manson Yim)Boris Johnson has promised to change Britain's immigration rules for the people of Hong Kong as Beijing continues to tighten its grip on the former British colony. In a letter to the people of Hong Kong published in the South China Morning Post, the Prime Minister said the UK was prepared to "provide an... Read more

Bishop urges UK government to show solidarity with people of Hong Kong

(Photo: Reuters)A senior Catholic official is calling on the UK Government to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong amid concerns over Beijing's proposed national security law.Bishop Declan Lang, who chairs the Catholic Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs, made the call in a letter to the Foreign Secretary in which he said... Read more

Religious leaders join condemnation of Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kongers are fearful of their future under Beijing control(Photo: Unsplash/Han Min T)The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Church of England bishops are among the religious leaders to have added their names to an international letter signed by hundreds of leaders around the world condemning Beijing's new national security law in Hong... Read more

Open Doors ‘very concerned’ by threat to religious liberty in Hong Kong

Voters queue to vote at a polling station during district council local elections in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)The head of a human rights group that monitors Christian persecution worldwide has expressed concern over new security legislation the People's Republic of China over the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.China this week passed... Read more

Beijing sets its sights on Hong Kong

Turbulent times lie ahead for Hong Kong(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)Just about a year ago, voters in Hong Kong sent a loud and clear message to Beijing: They would not lose the freedoms they enjoyed. In fact, pro-democracy forces there won 389 of 452 parliamentary seats in that election more than 3x their previous total. Even more,... Read more

Hope for Hong Kong

[ad_1] At a latest meal with church buddies, somebody requested about essentially the most stunning place we’ve ever visited. Photos of Yellowstone Nationwide Park, Sicily, Prague, and the New England shoreline flashed by my thoughts, however one picture remained: Hong Kong. Town skyline earlier than a backdrop of inexperienced mountains, because the solar units over... Read more

Christian books despatched to Hong Kong – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Hong Kong (MNN) Protests proceed in Hong Kong after three months. In the mean time, there is no such thing as a finish in sight. BBC Information stories the protests have induced a steep drop of practically 40 p.c in tourism to the town. However, even within the social chaos, Mission Cry not too... Read more