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Imprisoned Chinese bishop invokes Mandela's quest for freedom

Catholic World News - December 06, 2013

Bishop Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who has been living under house arrest for more than a year, cited the words of the late Nelson Mandela in an internet message to the Chinese faithful.

Bishop Ma quoted the words of the South African leader, who had also been imprisoned by a repressive regime: “Faith sometimes undergoes painful tests, but I will not give in to pessimism.”

The bishop also cited Mandela’s words: “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all my people were the chains on me.”

Bishop Ma has been under house arrest since he announced his resignation from the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, after he was ordained as a bishop in July 2012.

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