The Austrian racer is a committed Christian who has helped refugee families in his country. He is the second alpine skier to win three golds in three Winter Olympic Games.
After the elections, 17 of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors."The results show people's displeasure over the government”, Christians say.
Christianity is the third religion in number of population of Taiwan, “but socially many families are still hostile to Christianity”, says an evangelical pastor in the island.
Hundreds of Hong Kong worshippers attended church services on December 23 and 30 dressed in black, “to pray for both the persecuted and persecutors”.
The “provisional” deal is criticised by some Catholic sectors. Organisations working for persecuted Christians express their concerns.
Zion church was threatened since April for refusing to put surveillance cameras in its premises. Chinese authorities will ban religious activities online.