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Monday, May 17, 2004


CHINA ARRESTS ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS 

Religious persecution continues in China, unabated


Chinese Roman Catholics must go underground to practice their faith

Two Roman Catholic priests have been arrested by Chinese authorities, according to an American foundation that promotes the Roman Catholic Church in China. The Cardinal Kung Foundation said the priests were detained as they were about to begin classes on natural birth control and theology.

The foundation's press release said "Father LU Genjun 鹿根君, 42 years old, and Father CHENG Xiaoli 程曉隸, 40 years old, both underground Roman Catholic priests, were arrested on May 14, 2004.

Father LU belongs to the underground Roman Catholic Diocese of Baoding 保定, Hebei 河北. He was previously arrested on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1998 for a short period and was arrested again shortly before Easter in 2001 and detained for three years in the Gao Yang County 高陽縣labor camp in Hebei. He was just recently released from the labor camp and arrested again. He was ordained in 1990. He is now detained in the police detention center of Dingzhou 定州, Hebei. Father CHENG Xiaoli belongs to the underground Roman Catholic Diocese of An Guo, Hebei. This diocese has been without a bishop since the death of its bishop, LIU Difeng 劉隸芬, in the Chinese jail in Cheng De 承德, Hebei in 1992. Father Cheng was ordained in 1991. We do not know where he is being detained at present."

According to the Arizona Republic, "China broke ties with the Vatican in 1951 and demands that Catholics worship only in churches approved by the China Patriotic Catholic Association, a state-controlled body that does not recognize papal authority."

In addition, "in a separate report, the New York-based Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China said Xu Shuangfu, founder of a Protestant evangelical group, was kidnapped last month while visiting the northeastern province of Heilongjiang."

For more information. . . . .
The full Cardinal Kung Foundation press release.
Support the Foundation with a Donation and prayer.
Contact the Cardinal Kung Foundation at their Stamford, CT office.

Update: Mirror of Justice discusses Catholics and politics. So does the Catholic Factor, Discourse.net, TaxProfBlog, Prof. Bainbridge, Evangelical Outpost

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