» 07/29/2010, 00.00
Xiwanzi underground priest arrested again after three years in prison
Fr Peter Wang, an underground priest of the Diocese of Xiwanzi, was only able to take a few steps as a free man. The police arrested him again immediately after his release. He had been originally arrested for celebrating mass (with the permission of the government). Local Catholics: "The police want to force him to join the Patriotic Association."
Priest arrested in Fujian for organizing winter camp for 300 university students
Fr. John Baptist Luo was arrested on 3 March. Three other priests have been issued arrest warrants, but not yet detained. Another three have to pay a fine. Fr. Luo told AsiaNews: "I'm ready to go to jail. I would be happy to serve as a witness to Christ and follow the example of many holy martyrs. "
Two underground priests from Wenzhou soon to be freed
Shao Zhoumin, vicar general of the diocese of Wenzhou, and Fr. Jiang Sunian are set to be freed this summer. The two were charged with having falsified their passports. The “Insieme per Prato” association mobilizes itself for their release.
Released two of the nine underground priests arrested in Hebei
Their arrest dates to December 27th. Both of the released suffer ill health. The others still detained are pushed to sign up to the Patriotic Association. The vice President of the AP denies the arrests and also that there is a campaign against the Church in Hebei.
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Two priests from underground Church in prison. Doubts about Xi Jinping’s "unprecedented" reforms
The two young priests gave catechism classes to adults in Qinyuan . Faithful who helped them are fined. Some Catholics hope that the concentration of power in the National Security Council will lessen patriotic association’s power and enhance religious freedom. Others fear the situation will worsen because reforms reaffirm the Communist Party monopoly of power.
Thousands are baptised in Beijing, while in Zhejiang two priests are imprisoned
The wave of new conversions makes it difficult to find sufficient godparents. In the interim of the Pope’s long awaited letter to China’s Catholics, the Patriotic Association’s iron fist is felt, particularly in Hebei and Zhejiang.
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