China pulls Bibles from online bookstores

Chinese online retailers have recently pulled copies of the Bible from their shelves.   

A merchant told AFP that 'Bibles and books without publication numbers have all been removed in recent days.'

However, another merchant told AFP that copies of the Old Testament and English editions can still be found on Amazon China. 

The clamp down on the books comes as the Vatican and Beijing negotiate to appoint bishops in China. 

China’s officially atheist government doesn't like organized movements it can't control, including religious ones, according to AFP.  

A regulation in Xinjiang has banned religious activities in schools and children’s parents can be reported to the police if they organize, lure or force their children into religious activities.

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Portraits of Pope Francis and Julius Jia Zhiguo, top Vatican-backed underground bishop of Zhengding diocese, are seen on the wall in the government-sanctioned Catholic church in Youtong village, Hebei province, China, March 25, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ CATHOLICS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A man and a child walk towards the large tin-roofed "underground" Catholic church of Pei Ronggui, a retired bishop recognised by the Vatican, as it is decorated for the Easter celebration in Youtong village, Hebei province, China, March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ CATHOLICS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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