Chinese Government Reportedly Offers Land to Catholic Congregation to Compensate for Demolition of Church Building

Protesters, including priests, attempt to stop the demolition of a Catholic Church in Guantao County of the People’s Republic of China, as seen in video uploaded in October 2019. | Screengrab: YouTube/AsiaNews

The Chinese government is reportedly offering compensation to a Catholic congregation whose church building was recently demolished by authorities.

Recently, a church in Wu Gao Zhang, which is located in Guantao County, was demolished about a year after it was opened despite intense protests from parishioners and local priests.

However, according to a report from Catholic News Agency, the Chinese government “agreed to provide land and compensation to rebuild the church somewhere else” following hours of talks.

“In an apparent concession to the protesters, government officials have agreed to provide a piece of land for the church to be rebuilt, as well as money to compensate for the destruction of the original building,” reported CNA.

Consecrated and opened in August 2018, the church building was demolished by authorities for the official reason of not having a permit approved by China’s Religious Affairs Department.

Last month, protesters, including multiple priests, occupied the church, praying and demanding that the building not be destroyed by the Communist government.

According to the Catholic website AsiaNews, the demolition of the church in Wu Gao Zhang was part of an overall recent crackdown on Catholic congregations.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski