Featured News

ChinaAid News

Related News

In the News

Walking with the persecuted faithful

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

-- Matthew 25:40, NIV

Make a Difference

These are ways for you to get involved to help the persecuted in China. Click any of the links below to start helping the Chinese Church today.

Write Letters

Write to imprisoned prisoners of conscience to provide encouragement and send a signal to prison officials that there are people all over the world who care for these brave imprisoned.

Act Now

Sign Petitions

Raise your voice with other supporters and sign petitions to tell top-ranking Chinese authorities that these cases will not be forgotten.

Act Now


One of the most powerful ways that you can support the persecuted church is through a monetary donation. You can give to a specific program with a one-time gift or set up a monthly donation.

Act Now

Be Encouraged

Testimonies and words of encouragement from ChinaAid supporters:

Get Connected

Find out how you can stay in touch with ChinaAid:

ChinaAid on Social Media

Subscribe to Daily News Update

Subscribe to Monthly E-Newsletter:

Asia News: Prague archbishop asks Xi Jinping for freedom of religion in China

Friday, April 1, 2016

03/31/2016, 18.04

■ Mgr Dominik Jaroslav Duka called on the Chinese president to grant freedom to Catholics and all believers in China. He also gave the Chinese leader a book by a Czech dissident, whose works were banned under the country’s former Communist regime. Some 30 business deals were signed worth US$ 4 billion.

Prague (AsiaNews) – During President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Czech Republic, Mgr Dominik Jaroslav Duka, archbishop of Prague, presented the Chinese leader with a letter calling on his government to respect human rights and religious freedom.

During his visit, which ended yesterday, Xi signed a strategic partnership treaty with the Czech Republic. Some 30 business agreements were also signed that could bring about US$ 4 billion in investment this year in tourism, banking, energy and car making.

The visit has been controversial and sparked protests. Some activists threw black paint at some Chinese flags on display in Prague streets; other Chinese flags were covered with Tibetan flags.

Falun Gong practitioners and Vietnamese were also among the protesters, slamming China’s infringement on Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea.

Czech President Milos Zeman received Xi in Prague Castle with full honours. He was also criticised for sacrificing human rights for economic interests.

The Archbishop of Prague Dominik Jaroslav Duka (pictured) met the Chinese leader at the banquet in the latter’s honour two days ago.

The prelate presented Xi a letter and a book by Bohuslav Reynek, whose works were banned by Czechoslovakia’s Communist regime after 1948.

According to Mgr Duka’s secretary, the letter handed to Xi Jinping called on him to respect human rights and religion freedom, not only for Catholics, but also for all believers.

In it, the archbishop said he hoped Xi would understand that freedom for the Church and religious communities was an indispensable part of life in a democratic country. The prelate decided to attend the banquet with Xi to encourage religion freedom in China.

An exhibit of Reynek’s works was recently held in Beijing. Initially, China’s Ministry of Culture had refused the Czech request, but after much persuasion, it gave its approval. (JA)

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: r.ritchie@chinaaid.org
Website: www.chinaaid.org