Loading
Arrest of two priests “dash hopes” of increased religious freedom in China

.- Just when the release of two Catholic bishops from detention seemed to indicate a positive change in between China and the Roman Catholic Church, Chinese authorities have arrested two Catholic priests returning from a trip to Europe.

Frs. Shao Zhoumin and Jiang Sunian, vicar general and chancellor respectively of Wenzhou diocese in Zhejiang Province were arrested Sept. 25 in Shenzhen of Guangdong Province and taken away to an unknown location.

There still no indication of their whereabouts or the reason for their arrest, according to a release from the Cardinal Kung Foundation. Authorities did take away a number of books and photos that the priests brought back from Europe.

Both priests were previously arrested on Oct. 27, 2005 after they concelebrated a Mass with other priests to close the Eucharistic Year. Fr. Shao was also arrested in 1999. 

In 1999 Fr. Jiang was first detained for publishing hymnbooks. He was sentenced to a six-year jail term and fined approximately US$32,000; he was released in 2003.

“Following the consecutive releases from jail of Bishop An Shuxin and Bishop Jia Zhiguo within the last 40 days, the hunt-down and arrests of these two priests in Shenzhen, which is thousands of miles from their home in Wenzhou, is a sign of the issue of religious freedom turning for the worse,” said Joseph Kung, president of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, in a statement.

“We had hoped that the releases of Bishop An and Bishop Jia were not isolated cases, but rather the beginning of the release of hundreds of other imprisoned religious. We were wrong,” he continued.

“These two arrests … dashed our hopes and proved that ours was wishful thinking.”

Kung said these two arrests also indicated that China “is simply not sincere about improving its relationships with the Vatican and its human rights policy.”

The Kung Foundation renewed its call for the International Olympic Committee to move the Olympic Games scheduled to be held in China in 2008.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: