China    CATHOLIC PRIEST SENTENCED FOR PRINTING BIBLES
A priest belonging to the underground Catholic church in eastern China has been sentenced to six years in prison for printing Bibles and religious tracts without authorisation, court officials said Saturday.
   The priest, Jiang Shurang of Cangnan county in Zhejiang province, appealed the sentence handed down Thursday after he was found guilty of illegally operating a business and illegal publishing, said an official at the Wenzhou Intermediate Court, who gave his surname, Zhou.
   Jiang is among six priests who have been detained in recent months in Cangnan, according to the Hong Kong-based group Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China.
   The arrests come amid a nationwide tightening of controls on unauthorized religious activities that has coincided with the banning of the popular Falun Gong spiritual movement.
   
AP
29 May 00

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