Posted by: becketfund | July 29, 2007

China: Government Detains Three Priests not Sanctioned by Government

The Associated Press reports that Liang Aijun, Wang Zhong, and Gao Jinbao, Roman Catholic priests from Hebei Province, China, were detained by police in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, where the three men had fled in order to avoid arrest. All three are part of the underground Roman Catholic Church in China, and had feared retaliation from the state for their refusal to join a government-run version of the Catholic church, which does not maintain any ties with the Pope. It is unclear what charges, if any, the priests will face.

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