National Administration for Religious Affairs conducts immediate assessment of religious activity sites

Following the enshrinement of war criminals in the Nanjing Massacre by a temple in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, the National Religious Affairs Administration and the Guangdong Provincial CC&TSPM issued notices respectively, demanding “an evaluation, rectification and investigation of potential dangers in religious sites”.

On July 29, the National Religious Affairs Administration ordered a full self-inspection and corrected irregularities at religious venues for an incident that four Nanjing Massacre war criminals were enshrined at Xuanzang Temple in Nanjing, China. Jiangsu, which was revealed on July 21. Ethnic and religious affairs offices were fired to strengthen their roles in guiding and overseeing sites, schools and religious groups, as well as guiding religious groups to improve and supplement rules and regulations. They were also required to help religious circles administer religion strictly by improving the level of self-education, self-management and self-discipline, so as to stop such problems from arising in religious circles.

Guangdong CC&TSPM issued an announcement on July 28, requesting CC&TSPMs, seminaries (theological training centers) and churches to conduct self-examination and self-rectification of exhibits at venues, including including images, videos, sculptures, inscriptions, illegal printed materials and documents to check if any of them are related to criminals or sensitive people. Once a violation is found, it should be reported to local religious authorities and the provincial CC&TSPM.

– Translated by Stella He

国家宗教事务局部署对宗教活动场所开展紧急排查

National Administration for Religious Affairs conducts immediate assessment of religious activity sites