Posted by: becketfund | August 23, 2007

China: Bishop Arrested for Distributing Pope’s Letter

Asia News reports that Msgr. Julius Jia Zhiguo, a Catholic bishop of Hebei loyal to the Pope, has been arrested by members of the Chinese Religious Affairs Bureau in order to prevent him from distributing Pope Benedict’s letter to Chinese Catholics and from organizing meetings in which he would have explained the letter’s contents. In the time since the letter was published, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, a religious organization tied to the Chinese government, has made a concerted effort to block access to the letter, by preventing access to websites that post it and prohibiting its distribution. The text of the letter can be read here.


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