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Chinese bishop forcibly taken away before Easter

As Easter is around the corner, the authorities in China’s Zhejiang province are again targeting Catholic clergy that is not sanctioned by the Chinese government.


On April 7, Bishop Shao Zhumin of Zhejiang was taken away and put on a plane to an unknown location by the police. Just last October, he was detained and forced to go on a “vacation” ahead of the month of the dead. Bishop Shao was not able to return to his diocese until mid-November.

According to Asia News, the local Catholics are worried because they do not know where their priest is at the moment; police have also reportedly commandeered his cell phone. The suspicion is that the government wanted to prevent him from celebrating the functions of Holy Week, especially the Chrism Mass.

The authorities had also arrested the secretary of the diocese, Father Jiang Sunian, who is also not unfamiliar with the repeated detention by the government, but he has since returned.


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