[photopress:Bible.jpg,full,alignright]The China Daily reports hotels in Beijing have been advised to provide Bibles for foreign visitors during next year’s Olympic Games. Liu Bainian, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) who is also vice-president of the government-approved China Patriotic Catholic Association, said, ‘The majority of foreign visitors expected during the 2008 Games have religious beliefs, and we should cater to their needs.’
Liu Bainian said the service could also help clear up foreigners’ misunderstandings about China in terms of religion. He added that the Bible is a must at hotel rooms in foreign countries, especially in Europe.
Liu said authorities should encourage local Christians to donate Bibles for temporary use during the Games, after which they would be returned. He said, ‘The China Patriotic Catholic Association could also help collect Bibles.’
Zhang Liwei, vice-secretary of the Christian Amity Foundation, which operates the country’s sole Bible printing house, told China Daily that his foundation would try its best to meet demand. Mr Zhang said the Bible is published in Chinese and English in China.
No mention was made of other branches of the Christian religion to whom the Catholic bible is anathema. Nor yet of visitors of other religions. Some Bangkok hotels, as shown in the illustration, have a broader approach.
Source: Independent Catholic News