CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 June 2017

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Wenzhou bishop still held

SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): A particular intention on May 24, the day set aside for the past decade for prayer for the Church in China, was the release of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang.
 
The feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians was designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in his letter to the Catholic people of the mainland in May 2007.
 
Bishop Shao was instructed to go to the religious affairs office in the city on May 18 and has not been seen since. On May 22, he asked for a backpack containing some wine to celebrate Mass.
 
Bishop Shao, who belongs to the unofficial community and is not recognised by the government, was named by the Vatican as the bishop for both the official and unofficial communities in Wenzhou. He was picked up by the authorities during Holy Week and held during the Easter celebrations, but returned the following week.
 
It is the fourth time he has been detained.

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