Even though the Holy Grace Protestant Church in Tang He county was officially registered, local authorities used a crane to demolish its cross on Sept. 20.
Video has circulated online showing the cross on fire after it was purportedly ignited by sparks during removal.
Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the Divinity School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told ucanews.com that as far as he knows this was the first church in Henan to have its cross forcibly taken down.
A pattern seemed to be emerging, but it was unclear whether the removal of crosses was being ordered by the central government, he said. [More]