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Authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang have detained a Catholic bishop, weeks after an agreement between Beijing and the Holy See aimed to unify the state-sponsored and Vatican-endorsed, underground churches in China. Bishop Peter (in Italian, Pietro) Shao of
On September 23, Longtian Catholic Church, which is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fuzhou, was holding a solemn mass when over 10 local plainclothes police officers suddenly broke into the church and arrested Father Lin Jing’en. The mass was forced to stop.
Christians in China gave mixed reactions to an agreement reached over the weekend between the ruling Chinese Communist Party and the Vatican over the appointment of bishops, amid warnings that religious repression would likely intensify on unofficial churches. The controversial
In Fujian, authorities have been shutting down churches and forcing Catholics to go underground. Geng Shuang, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs often talks about wanting to improve relations between Vatican and China, especially in reports about the planned