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Leading pastor ‘probed’ for criticizing China’s cross removal program

January 31, 2016 6:17 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

One of China’s leading Christian pastors Gu Yuese is being probed for suspicion of embezzling funds, state-backed church authorities in Zhejiang province said, a move that comes after the pastor opposed a campaign to remove crosses from atop churches.

 Chinese celebrating at an "underground" church in Tianjin
Chinese celebrating at an “underground” church in Tianjin

“We feel deeply shocked and filled with regret,” the government-backed Hangzhou Christian Council said in a statement on its website regarding Gu’s investigation, adding that the investigation was due to his individual conduct.

The council gave no further details of the charges or evidence against Gu in its post late on Friday night.

It said it had been notified by a “relevant department”, but did not say who was conducting the investigation. Police in Hangzhou did not immediately respond to calls for comment. Gu could not be reached for comment. Read More

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