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04/02/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On April 1, local authorities came to a state-sanctioned church in Fuyang city, Anhui, and removed its cross.

According to a video posted by Father Francis Liu from the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, a crane truck can be seen parked in front of a Three-self church. The person who recorded the video said, “They want to remove the church’s cross. We need to pray for this. May God have mercy on us!” A person who might be a church member kneeled before the iron gate to pray for the church.

Although there was no video of the actual cross removal, it is safe to assume that the removal has taken place, since the directive came from the local government and as a state-sanctioned church it is unable to protest such action.

Even amid the spread of Coronavirus, authorities in Anhui have not stopped persecuting Christian churches. A cross was dismantled from a church in Woyang county of Anhui’s Bozhou city on March 13, and another one in the Huaishang district of Bengbu city.

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