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China    'UNDERGROUND' PRIEST ARRESTED IN FUJIAN PROVINCE
A priest from the "underground" Church in Fujian province, eastern China, has reportedly been arrested.
    According to the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation, Fr Gao Yihua of Shang Chen Tang was arrested at about 9:00 p.m. on 19 August.
    Fr Gao, 44, was arrested by public security officers at a friend's home after he celebrated a private Mass there and his whereabouts are unknown, according to yesterday's press release from the Cardinal Kung Foundation.
    Although there has been no official explanation for Fr Gao's arrest, the foundation believes it was due to his underground ministry and his refusal to register with the official Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
   
UCAN
30 Aug 00



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