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China's underground Catholics "watched" since pope's death


Underground Catholic communities in some places in China have been under surveillance since news broke of Pope John Paul II's declining health and subsequent death.

A source told UCA News that in China's Hebei province - for a report posted on the Catholic News Service website - that many underground bishops have been under surveillance.

Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was allowed to celebrate Mass privately inside the church where he resides. Two deacons accompanied him, but no one has been allowed to meet the bishop, the source said.

"One or two police cars are parked in front of Bishop Jia's church. Public security officials are barring outsiders from entering the village," the source said. However, he added, Bishop Jia was able to advise Catholics not to gather for a large memorial Mass but to hold the liturgy in smaller groups for the sake of security.

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Sources say underground Chinese Catholics watched since pope's death (Catholic News Service 10/4/05)


11 Apr 2005