Police surround China village for Catholic celebration
DONGLU, China, May 26, 2013 (AFP) – Police surrounded a Chinese village on Sunday to prevent pilgrims from joining a Catholic parade to honour the Virgin Mary, who locals say appeared in the village a century ago. Authorities placed roadblocks on main roads leading to the small village of Donglu, just a few hours drive from Beijing, where locals – an estimated 90 percent of whom are Catholic – are fiercely devoted to Mary. Donglu’s Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in the sky above the village in 1900, terrifying attackers from the anti-foreign Boxer uprising, which also targeted Catholics, into an awestruck retreat.
Red banners calling on locals to “Carry out religious activities in a lawful and orderly manner” flapped in the breeze. But celebrations dedicated to Mary continued despite the restrictions.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM