Chinese stepping up persecution Christopher Bodeen, AP Wednesday, September 12, 2018 China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. © 2018 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: email@example.com The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own. Comment on this column at: Facebook Twitter Comments are closed.