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Authorities Detain Catholic Leaders in China

by JOHN BURGER  |  published on June 3, 2015

Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray over the Pentecost weekend for Catholics in China and for other persecuted Christians around the world.

Perhaps unwittingly, Chinese authorities gave a boost to the Pope’s request.

Authorities have reportedly stepped up persecution of underground Catholics in the Chinese province of Hebei recently with the detention of a bishop and a priest as well as the demolition of an altar that left two laywomen injured, UCANews reported.

Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was taken away by officials on May 12 and then sent back to his cathedral to celebrate Mass on Pentecost Sunday on May 24, according to his priests.

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