8 Underground Priests and 2 Seminarians Arrested in China

STAMFORD, Connecticut, AUG. 17, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Eight priests and two seminarians of the underground Catholic Church in China were arrested Aug. 6 in Hebei province while attending a religious retreat, the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation reported.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry

Among those arrested in Sujiazhuang village were Father Huo Junlong, the administrator of Baoding Diocese in Hebei; Father Zhang Zhenquian of Baoding; and Father Huang of Sujiazhuang. The names of others arrested were not immediately known.

About 20 police vehicles and a large number of security policemen surrounded Sujiazhuang and conducted a house-to-house search to arrest the priests and seminarians. Those seized are now detained in the Baoding Security Bureau.

Nine out of the ten religious arrested this time belong to the Baoding Diocese. Bishop Su Zhi-Ming, the underground Catholic Bishop of Baoding, was arrested by the government in October 1997. He was last seen publicly last November, while hospitalized in a Baoding hospital.

Auxiliary Bishop An Shuxin of Baoding vanished after his arrest by the government in March 1996.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry

ZENIT Staff

Support ZENIT

If you liked this article, support ZENIT now with a donation