Vatican City, Jun 22, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following statement today concerning the arrests of bishops in China: "Requests for information have been made concerning recent wire service reports of new arrests of bishops in China.
"Since May 27 there has been no news of the 84-year old bishop of Xuanhua who was taken into custody by police forces. The coadjutor bishop of Xiwanzi was placed in custody from June 2 to 12, whereas the bishop of Zhengding was held by the authorities for five days.
"The Holy See feels deep pain for these measures, for which no reason has been communicated. They are inconceivable in a State of law and go against human rights, in particular religious freedom, which are sanctioned in numerous international documents, even subscribed to by the People's Republic of China."