We have a dangerous shortfall this month—$11,231 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

China cancels visa of activist Hong Kong priest

Catholic World News - July 26, 2011

Chinese immigration officials denied permission for an activist priest from Hong Kong to visit the mainland, in the latest sign of escalating tensions between the Beijing regime and the Catholic Church.

Father Franco Mella reported that he was stopped at an immigration checkpoint at Shenzhen and told that his visa had been cancelled. He had never previously been denied permission to enter the mainland.

Father Mella had joined in a public protest in Hong Kong against the illicit ordination of bishops by the Catholic Patriotic Association. However, two other Catholic priests from Hong Kong, who did not take part in that demonstration, were also denied visas recently.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($11,231 to go):
$35,000.00 $23,768.70
32% 68%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ 1 hours ago
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28
Rich Spiritual Instruction January 27
Snowbound thoughts on natural law January 27
The best argument against the 'celibate gay Catholics' January 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12