What’s wrong with this picture?


The April 1st edition of China Daily includes a story titled, “Catholics in China celebrate Easter”:


The problem? First, the picture is of a Chinese Protestant service, not a Catholic service. Strange. The story also incorrectly states that Beijing’s South Church is “the oldest Catholic cathedral in Beijing.” Not so. North Church was the cathedral in Beijing before South Church, and is older. See my September 2011 article, “Sunday Mass at Beijing’s North Church”, for more about liturgy at that church. Also, here is an actual photo of a Catholic Mass in Beijing’s oldest/previous cathedral, North Church, taken during my recent stay in Beijing:


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About Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. 54 Articles
Anthony E. Clark is an associate professor of Chinese history at Whitworth University and the author of China’s Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing, 1644-1911. He is also the host of the EWTN television series The Saints of China: Martyrs of the Middle Kingdom.