Posted by: becketfund | August 2, 2007

China: Government Tightens Control Over Clergy Loyal to the Vatican

Asia News reports that for Roman Catholic priests loyal to the Vatican, conditions may have worsened following Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics, as the summer activities of the underground Catholic church, traditionally focused on youth meetings and religious instruction, have slowed following a series of arrests of priests in Inner Mongolia and Hebei. In the period leading up to the publication of the Pope’s letter, the Chinese government also began restricting visits to some imprisoned priests and extending prison terms for others who had been promised early releases.


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