Underground Bishop Jia Arrested Again in China

STAMFORD, Connecticut, NOV. 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Jia Zhi Guo, the underground Catholic prelate of the Diocese of Zheng Ding, was arrested again by Chinese government security officials at his house Tuesday, a watchdog group says.

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«The officials, having ordered the bishop to bring his clothing, then drove him to Jinzhou City where several other security officials were waiting in order to drive him to Shijiazhuang City,» according to the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation. It reckoned that he’s been arrested eight times since January 2004.

«The security personnel told the public that the bishop was taken away for a ‘study session,'» the group added. «We have no idea for how long Bishop Jia will be taken away.»

On Monday, Father Li Suchuan, 40, and Father Yang Ermeng, 35, both of whom belong to Bishop Jia’s diocese in Hebei province, were taken away separately by the security personnel from their parishes in Zhoujiazhuang village and Zhoutou village, both of Dingzhou City.

«They still have not returned home at the time of this writing,» asserted the Kung Foundation.

Bishop Jia was previously in prison for about 20 years and has been under strict surveillance for many years. He takes care of about 100 handicapped orphans in his house.

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