"China's web portals have blocked prayers, blessings and other comment on the death of Pope John Paul II from being posted on the Internet, officials said.
While popular portals such as Sina.com and Sohu.com's on-line discussion forums were flooded with messages about the pope Saturday, no messages could be seen Monday.
An official with Sohu.com confirmed the company had censored the comments, using sophisticated technology to allow only the writer to see his or her own comments.
"Religious issues are special. We are afraid of problems arising," said a Sohu official.
"It's not that they are taken off, it just means whoever issued the statement, only they can see it. Other people cannot see it," the official told AFP."