» 01/05/2006, 00.00
CHINA - VATICAN
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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