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Chinese police take another ‘underground’ bishop into custody

April 18, 2017

As Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was about to celebrate his first Paschal Triduum as bishop of Wenzhou, Chinese police took him into custody.

The prelate—like Bishop Vincent Guo Xijn on Mindon, who was also taken into custody before the Triduum—is a bishop whose ministry is recognized by the Vatican but not by the Chinese government. AsiaNews reported that police have asked the faithful to bring clothing to the bishop, “a sign that his kidnapping will be long term.”

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  • Posted by: Travelling - Apr. 19, 2017 5:41 AM ET USA

    The underground church in China are being abandoned by the Vatican wh presently don't understand the complexity and delicacy of the situation there. It need careful diplomacy which seems to be sadly lacking from the Vatican at the moment.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 18, 2017 8:25 PM ET USA

    Certainly the current U.S administration understands what's going on in China. Unfortunately,I doubt pressure will be applied to secure the Bishop's release.China is needed to keep North Korea in line.They can persecute the underground Church with impunity, knowing they won't be chastised.

  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 18, 2017 8:13 AM ET USA

    These suffering 'underground' Catholics in China, Bishops and priests need our support in prayers and sacrifices. It does not appear that the current Vatican officials fully understand what is actually going on in China. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, recently stated that "when it comes to protecting the environment, the US might look to China for leadership."