Celebration of 50 million Bibles in China

Episcopal Life Online is reporting that celebrations are being planned for the 50 millionth Bible having been printed in China.

“After the cultural revolution of 1966 to 1976, many Chinese Christians are doing their best to take the chance to read the Bible,” Qiu Zhonghui, general secretary of the Amity Foundation, told Ecumenical News International on November 27.

The celebrations planned in the city of Nanjing for December 8 will mark the production on September 11, 2007 of the 50 millionth Bible by the Amity Printing Company, the only company allowed to print Bibles in mainland China.

Zhang Liwei, the Amity Foundation’s associate general secretary, told ENI the events would “celebrate the miracle that God makes it possible in China to print these millions of copies of the Bible for Chinese Christians.”

Beijing loosened restrictions on Christians in the 1970s following the end of the cultural revolution, after the death of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China.

Nevertheless, the Chinese government still tightly controls Christianity in the country.

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