When Jamason Chen, a photography instructor at Loyola University, first saw Lu Nan’s black-and-white photographs, he knew their topic — the rural, underground Chinese Catholic church — was sensitive.

The Chinese communist government under Mao Zedong for years banned religion. But the strong faith of the people in the photographs, now on display at the Loyola University Museum of Art, is obvious, Chen said.

In one image, two old women, with poverty and age etched on their faces, pray at a handmade wooden cross on a loved one’s grave.

Another photo depicts a tiny child carrying a painting of Jesus down a dirt path toward a small group of thatched-roof houses in the distance. All that are visible behind the massive painting are the child’s feet and his fingers holding it up.

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