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China arrests another Catholic bishop


Chinese rights campaigners report the arrest of another underground Catholic bishop, with security police arriving unexpectedly on Monday at Bishop Jia Zhi Guo's home in Zheng Ding, Hebei province, and taking him away without explanation.

The report comes from the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation reported. The organisation, which monitors and campaigns against Chinese persecution of Catholics, said it could not establish where he had been taken. It said his arrest came a month after another underground bishop, Wei Jingyi, was detained for more than a week in Heilongjiang province.

Wei's release came after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Vatican both demanded an explanation from the Chinese government.

The arrest of Bishop Jia Zhiguo "is inadmissible in a lawful state promising to guarantee freedom of religion and to respect and preserve human rights," according to Holy See Press Office director, Joaquín Navarro-Valls.

"Once again a member of the Catholic Church's hierarchy has been deprived of his personal freedom without (authorities) supplying any legal motive," he said. "This is inadmissible in a lawful state promising to guarantee 'freedom of religion' and to 'respect and preserve human rights'."

SOURCE
China Arrests Another Catholic Bishop (CNSnews.com)
Holy See says Bishop Jia's arrest is "inadmissible" (AsiaNews.it 7/4/04)

LINKS
China arrests another underground bishop (Catholic World News 7/4/04)
PRESS OFFICE STATEMENT ON BISHOP IMPRISONED IN CHINA (Vatican Information Service 7/4/04)


8 Apr 2004