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2006-08-26 00:32:04

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which says its Catholics must belong to a state-backed church that does not recognize the Pope's authority, has freed an underground bishop after more than 10 years in jail, the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said. Bishop An Shuxin, 57, who once preached in the northern province of Hebei, was released from prison on Thursday, but remained under surveillance despite appearing to have a permit to work as a bishop in China, it said in a faxed statement....

2006-02-23 23:14:56

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police detained two underground Roman Catholic priests this week and has held a 70-year-old bishop for three months, the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said. Word of the February 17 detentions of Lu Genjun, 44, and Guo Yanli, 39, while waiting for a friend at a train station in Baoding in northern Hebei province, came ahead of a visit to the United States by President Hu Jintao, expected in April. It is unclear why the pair were taken into custody. Lu...

2005-07-05 04:01:51

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which does not recognize theVatican, has arrested an underground Roman Catholic bishop, aU.S.-based religious rights group said, quashing hopes of anysudden rapprochement between Beijing and the Holy See. China has not had diplomatic relations with the Vaticansince 1951 and believers must attend state-sanctioned churchesled by bishops who pledge loyalty to Beijing. But a parallelchurch loyal to the Pope practises in secret. "Bishop Jia Zhiguo, the underground...


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