» 08/03/2006, 00.00
Hebei: bishop, priest and 90 unofficial Catholics arrested
Police from the province which has the highest density of Catholics, mostly of unofficial status did not explain why they took the bishop into custody. Local Catholics protested against the injustice: a pregnant woman miscarried and two men were seriously injured in clashes with the police.
Beijing, religious freedom according to the Olympics
Foreigners are guaranteed ceremonies, meetings and even mass in their own language; Chinese Catholics from the Official Church are ordered not to hold large gatherings that last too long. Bishops and priests from the underground Church are under house arrest. Msgr. Giulio Jia Zhiguo under round the clock police surveillance. The pretty pictures of China Daily.
Released two of the nine underground priests arrested in Hebei
Their arrest dates to December 27th. Both of the released suffer ill health. The others still detained are pushed to sign up to the Patriotic Association. The vice President of the AP denies the arrests and also that there is a campaign against the Church in Hebei.
Nine underground priests arrested in Hebei
The priests had gathered together to study. The reason for their arrest is unknown. For some time now, the Patriotic Association has been conducting a harsh campaign to clamp down on unofficial communities.
Bishop Dac Trong, the struggle of the Vietnamese Church under Communism
The diocese of Hanoi publishes the memoirs of the auxiliary bishop who died on September 7. "Story of an era" narrates, in diary form, the life of the Church in the country since the advent of communism to this day. The events of the '50s to today tells of the sufferings of bishops, priests and lay people and offers useful elements to understand the relevance of Christianity in Vietnam.
Two clandestine priests arrested in Guangdong
Fr Shao Zhoumin and Fr Jiang Sunian, who had just returned from Europe, have already spent time in prison. AsiaNews sources in China said the release of the bishop of Zhengding, Mgr Jia, was decided "for fear of popular protests" and they warned that "he could be arrested again".
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