Monday, October 27, 2003

China Arrests Priests, Seminarians and Demolishes Church

Pray for them, and write your congressperson to complain about our support in any way of such a country!

From Channelnewsasia.com:

" Police in northeast China raided a religious retreat and arrested about a dozen Roman Catholic clergymen while a church in the vicinity was demolished, a US-based religious rights group said.

The 12 priests and seminarians were attending a retreat on October 20 in Gaocheng county, in Hebei province's Shijiazhuang city, when police swooped and took everyone into custody, the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said in a statement.

The gathering was not sponsored by the government-sanctioned 'Patriotic Association,' which oversees all state-approved churches in China, the foundation said.

The clergymen are being held in a detention house in Gaocheng county."