31 Jul '15, 9pm

More young Chinese embracing religion

Every Sunday morning, Mr Olsen Zheng puts on his smartest outfit and makes his way to a movie theatre in the heart of Beijing. The hall is packed to the brim, but it is not a box office hit that has drawn the crowds. Rather, it is an underground church service that has the theatre so full that people are sitting on the floor. The cinema doubles up as a church for some 200 Christians on weekends, and is one of the thousands of unregistered churches across China that are attracting a growing number of young Chinese believers, like Mr Zheng, 28. "I became a Christian in university after I visited a church out of curiosity and boredom," he said. "But the message of love and hope appealed to me. It made me stronger and made life more meaningful." According to a recent survey by Renmin University, religious Chinese are getting younger, with more than half of them under 60 years ...

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