Saturday, July 08, 2006

A Chinese Bishop Arrested While In Hospital

As you probably know freedom of religion is very limited in China among other limitations. The Chinese underground Catholic Church suffers continuously from these restrictions. Here's the latest:

A 72-year-old bishop in China's underground Catholic Church was detained when authorities took him from a hospital as he was recovering from surgery, a US-based group said yesterday.

Bishop Jia Zhiguo (賈志國) was detained on June 25 by officials from the religious affairs bureau in Jinzhou, a city in northern Hebei Province, said the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

The foundation said Jia might have been detained to prevent him from contacting a Vatican delegation that was in Beijing to discuss possible diplomatic relations between the communist government and the Holy See.

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This is the country that's on its way to become a superpower. Wonderful!!!

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