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Chinese Pastor, Wife Who Opposed Cross Removals Sent to Jail


China Aid said in a blog post Friday that the government action against Bao's church and other Christian leaders amounted to "religious persecution.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese husband and wife who led a Christian congregation that opposed a government campaign to remove crosses atop churches have been given long prison sentences for illegal activities, including corruption and disturbing social order, state media said.

A court in eastern Zhejiang province on Friday sentenced pastor Bao Guohua to 14 years in prison and his wife, Xing Wenxiang, to 12 years after concluding that they had illegally organized churchgoers to petition the government and disturb social order, according to the state-run Zhejiang Daily newspaper.

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