Chinese government continues to imprison priests and even bishops

In China’s Jiangxi province, priests have been placed under house arrest, according to UCA News.

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Newsroom (September 24, 2020, 8:00 pm Gaudium Press)  In China’s Jiangxi province, priests have been placed under house arrest, according to UCA News.

These Priests – who refused to participate in the so-called Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CPCA) – have been banned from “participating in any religious activity as clergymen” as part of their punishment.

Bishop Lu Xinping of the diocese of Nanking has also been placed under house arrest and forbidden to celebrate Mass.

Persecution has been particularly intense in Jiangxi Province. There, the Public Security Bureau and the United Front Department of Labor warned the clergy that unless they joined the CPCA, they would not be allowed to preach.

In the same regard, as reported by Asia News, Fr. Liu Maochun of the Diocese of Mindong has been detained by the Office of Religious Affairs for 17 days. The Diocese of Mindong is located in Fujian Province.

According to AsiaNews, Liu’s whereabouts have been unknown since September 1, when he was taken away by the Office of Religious Affairs following a pastoral visit to a hospital.

With information from CNA

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