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China demolition of church in Wenzhou leaves Christians uneasy
China demolition of church in Wenzhou leaves Christians uneasy

Purple and yellow petunias greeted the faithful ascending the steps of the Flowered Plain village church on Sunday, its graceful gray domes a shade darker than the overcast sky. Inside, men sat in the pews on the right, as is customary here, while women, some toting grandsons and granddaughters, occupied the left and center. Video projectors prompted congregants to a hymn, "Tread Softly." They rose, filling the sanctuary with their voices. "Be silent, be silent! A whisper is heard.... Tread softly, tread softly! My Lord is here." If quiet reserve was one message of the morning, unity was another. When it came time for the sermon, lay pastor Ye Sen did not refer...

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