(CHRISTIAN HEADLINES) – A newly implemented directive from the Chinese government forces Protestant 'house churches' and Catholic 'underground' communities to seek 'guidance' from recognised religious organisations.
A notification from the State Administration for Religious Affairs, issued earlier this month, requires organisers of religious activities at temporary sites to also apply for a permit that is valid for three years, Catholic news website UCAN reported.
According to Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the Divinity School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, these recognised religious organisations include the China Christian Council and the national committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, which are known in China as the "two organisations".
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The directive has caused fear among the 'underground' communities that they will come under greater control, according to UCAN.