Catholic leaders arrested, detained in China

ICC Note:
Hebei authorities have instigated a campaign of religious persecution against underground Catholic adherents, including a bishop, a priest and two laypersons.
The fact that ‘all religious personnel’ have been ordered to keep authorities informed of their whereabouts is an ominous sign.


By a reporter
05/27/2015 China(UCA News)
Authorities have stepped up persecution of underground Catholics in Hebei province with the detention of a bishop and a priest as well as the demolition of an altar that left two laywomen injured, all in separate incidents this month.
Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was taken away by officials on May 12 and then sent back to his cathedral to celebrate Mass on Pentecost Sunday on May 24, according to his priests.

It remained unclear why the bishop had been detained for 12 days.…Authorities have recently ordered all religious personnel — without specifying which faiths — to report their whereabouts, the source added.

Authorities also appear to have detained Father Liu Honggeng in nearby Baoding who has not been seen or heard from since talking to relatives on his mobile phone on May 7.“His mobile is off. We Catholics have inquired from relevant government departments but in vain,” said another Church source who also declined to be named for security reasons.…

Meanwhile, in the same Baoding diocese, two Catholic laywomen were wounded while trying to protect an altar from more than 40 police officers sent to demolish it at an underground prayer house in Anzhuang on Friday.…

Pray for their prompt release and the restoration of the properties damaged in that region.

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