19 March 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia
  •    - China
  •    - Hong Kong
  •    - Japan
  •    - Macau
  •    - North Korea
  •    - South Korea
  •    - Taiwan

  • » 01/05/2006, 00.00


    Mgr Han Dingxian, underground bishop of Hebei, is missing

    This means there are now three "desaparecidos" bishops. And the eldest priest of Yongnian diocese was arrested in December.

    Rome (AsiaNews) – Mgr Han Dingxian, unofficial bishop of Yongnian (Hebei), has disappeared. In 1999 he was arrested and kept in isolation in a government-owned hostel. He was not allowed to have any contact at all with his community or his relatives, but every so often some of them could catch a glimpse of him from the window. Now they have had no news of him for some time, nor have they been able to see him through the window panes.

    Mgr Han Dingxian, 66 years, is one of the bishops about whom AsiaNews launched an awareness campaign last March. In the past, he spent more than 20 years in prison.

    Mgr Han's disappearance brings the number of missing bishops up to three, all from Hebei: Mgr James Su Zhimin, 72 years, Ordinary of the Diocese of Baoding, who disappeared in 1996; Mgr Francis An Shuxin, 54 years, auxiliary of Baoding, arrested in 1997 and missing since.

    Despite pressure exerted by religious personalities and international politics, the Chinese government has never given any clue as to their plight.

    The news of the bishop's disappearance was disseminated today by the Kung Foundation, which also reported more news: Fr Wang Wenzhi, 50 years, from the diocese of Mgr Han Dingxian, was arrested on 11 December in Fengfeng, near Handan (Hebei). Sources of AsiaNews have confirmed that he is being kept in isolation in a hotel and he is being subjected to brainwashing and political sessions to convince him to join the Patriotic Association.

    Fr Wang is the oldest priest in Yongnian diocese, which has 30 priests in all. For several months now, to put a stop to possible rapprochement between Beijing and the Vatican, the Patriotic Association has launched a violent campaign to subjugate bishops, priests and the faithful and to force them to join the organization, often resorting to the threat of armed force.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    29/11/2005 CHINA
    Six underground priests arrested in Hebei

    The priests belong to the diocese of Mgr Giulio Jia Zhiguo, still in custody for a "study session". Two of the six priests were beaten at the time of arrest.

    19/10/2005 CHINA – VATICAN
    A new Chinese bishop consecrated with Vatican approval

    30/09/2005 China - Vatican
    China's 4 bishops will not attend Synod

    27/09/2005 CHINA - VATICAN
    A new wave of persecution against Hebei Catholics

    While ties between the Vatican and Beijing appear to be improving, bishops and priests in the region which is home to China's largest Catholic community are subject to armed threats and forced to sign up to the Patriotic Association.

    15/02/2007 CHINA
    Hunt for priests in Xiwanzi diocese
    Police are conducting door-to-door searches for underground priests to force them inscribe to the Patriotic Association. The bishop, two priests and 20 members of the community are in prison. Catholics who do not collaborate are forced to give up their work.

    Editor's choices

    Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

    In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

    Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®