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Many things are changing in the US and China

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Here’s how it’s happening in the US in a headline clipped from Time Magazine:

U.S.

Going to Church on Christmas: A Vanishing Tradition

At the same time in China, the official Xinhua, China Daily is saying the opposite about the same practice in Shanghai:

Christmas drives Chinese people to churches

www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-25 00:58:45 Print

Chinese Christians sing mass in a church in Beijing Dec. 24, 2008.

BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — Christmas trees twinkle, the sweet aroma of candles fills the air in the 407-year-old Immaculate Conception Church in Beijing. More than 1,500 people, sitting or packing against the aisles, were waiting for the midnight mass. Many more people stood outside in the minus 5 degree Celsius weather, watching services on two big TV monitors.

“We have issued 4,000 tickets, but that number may double ,” said Ying Mulan, a nun who was handing out leaflets about the birth of Jesus at the entrance of the church.

Go Figure?


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/26 at 08:45

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