» 02/12/2009, 00.00
Underground bishop of Xiwanzi released after two and a half years in prison
He had been arrested for consacrating a church without the consent of the Patriotic Association. The authorities view him only as a priest, and do not allow him to preside at large-scale activities. Two priests and 20 faithful of the diocese of Xiwanzi are still in prison. In Hebei, two bishops are still "disappeared" after many years.
31/03/2009 CHINA - VATICAN
Police arrest underground Zhengding bishop Jia Zhiguo
He was taken from his home by 5 police officers. For weeks, he had been under surveillance 24 hours a day, to prevent him from meeting with the official bishop, with whom he had reconciled on instructions from the Vatican. A blow to the Holy See's strategy of unifying the Chinese Church, while the meeting of the Plenary Commission on the Church in China continues at the Vatican. Bishop Jia Zhiguo was also taunted by the police.
China: a priest of the underground church is released
Fr Vincent Kong Guocun of the Wenzhou Diocese is freed after nearly six years of house arrest.
20/12/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, Vatican must break with Taiwan and not interfere in domestic affairs
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the autonomy of the Chinese church in the area of the appointment and ordination of bishops. Patriotic bishop Ma Yinglin, ordained without the approval of the Holy See, also present. Hopes for dialogue with the Vatican may be vanishing.
Celebrations concluded for 400th anniversary of Church in Shanghai
Auxiliary bishop of China: with the end of the anniversary, our commitment continues. Celebrations marked by the "war" of local authorities and the Patriotic Association, to block the participation of 200,000 faithful in the pilgrimage on May 24 to the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan.
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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