Wednesday, September 05, 2007

China's Olympic Village to have multi-faith worship center

Originally posted at Right Truth

Strange news coming from a country that heavily restricts all religious activity.

BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing Games organizers say they plan to build a multi-faith worship center in the Olympic Village, ...

"All will be arranged in accordance with the practices ... adopted by other Olympic host cities," Liu Bainian, vice president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said in the official China Daily newspaper.

The Communist Party-controlled association governs China's Catholic churches, while other state-controlled bodies keep watch over the country's Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Protestants.

Worship in non-state recognized churches and temples is illegal and other religions have no official recognition.

Also see: More Mideast-China investment ‘hampered by culture’, at Peace and Freedom via here.

“There is a cultural gap that acts as a barrier” to trade, the chairman of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Centre told delegates at the China-Middle East Investment Forum in Dubai.

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