Nuns beaten in Xian

12/12/2005
Nuns beaten in Xian : 11 of 40 "thugs" under police detention

Following local complaints and international pressure, government authorities have decided to cover all the nuns' medical costs.

02/12/2005
Xian Catholics fear retaliations after nuns were attacked
The Religious Affairs Bureau sends its agents to investigate who leaked the information. Local authorities insist the diocese must buy back school confiscated in 1952.
01/12/2005
India's Christians deplore violence against Chinese Catholics

An appeal to the international community: "Make Beijing understand that these actions do not behoove a great nation like China". Tribute is paid "the strength of faith of Chinese Catholics".

01/12/2005
Chinese Catholic web-sites "blacked-out" on the assault against nuns in Xian
30/11/2005
Nuns beaten in Xian: the government asks the diocese to pay for the school that it already owns

One of the nuns risks permanent paralysis; another has gone blind in one eye. The government has offered 3000 yuan as compensation. The European and Italian Parliaments are asking China for full respect of religious freedom.

30/11/2005
Nuns beaten in Xian and arrested priests: the Holy See releases a statement
29/11/2005
Persecution strengthens underground Church in Hebei province

Inflicting violence and arresting Catholics generate sympathy and lead to more vocations. It is high time Beijing change its policies and fully recognise religious freedom. Here are the thoughts of a member of an underground community (whose name has been changed for the sake of security).

28/11/2005
Xian: 16 nuns brutally beaten for having defended a school of the diocese

Yesterday, Catholics in Xian protested to call for justice.



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