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Two underground priests arrested and beaten in Hebei
Fathers Chen and Zhang have been in detention and tortured for months in order to get them to join the official Church. Hebei Catholics know the names and stories of at least 20 other priests who were arrested and tortured in the province because they were faithful to the Catholic Church.
Shandong, four underground priests arrested and denied food and water
The police is attempting to force them to join the Patriotic Association, which promotes a Church independent of the Pope. National security agents and members of the Religious Affairs Bureau are interrogating them. The underground Church appeals to Christians to pray for them and work for the release of the four men.
After 60 years of communism, Church in China faces most critical moment
Zero growth among Catholics; declining vocations; bishops too young. Meanwhile, Party and government control continues along the same lines of the past 60 years.
Two underground priests arrested in Hebei
The local Patriotic Association is engaged in a ruthless province-wide campaign against underground Catholics. One of those arrested served as episcopal vicar; his whereabouts are still unknown.
24/03/2010 CHINA – VATICAN
Another underground priest arrested in Fujian
He organised a camp for 300 university students. He was charged along with other priests, one of whom was held for 15 days and then released. Two more are waiting for their arrest. Tens of priests are currently detained in prisons or forced labour camps. Three bishops are still in police custody years after they disappeared. The Vatican Commission on the Church in China ends its plenary session today.
Nanle Catholics appeal against violence, confiscation by former Association head
Priest and faithful attacked with clubs and stones. Because of "gang-like" threats, since August 15 there have been no Masses or catechism classes. The former director of the PA has appropriated church property. The faithful are appealing to the slogan of Hu Jintao ("building a harmonious society") to call for justice.
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