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Sister and priest attacked reclaiming Church property

Kangding  (UCAN): Father Huang Yusong and Sister Xie Yuming were attacked by around a dozen unknown assailants on September 2 while trying to reclaim two former Church properties in Moxi county in southwestern Sichuan province.

The two were trying to assert Church rights over a former Latin school and boy’s school in Kangding diocese, which were confiscated by authorities in the 1950s, but due to be returned to the diocese.

Local sources said that Sister Xie was severely beaten and suffered  head and chest injuries, and is still in hospital, while Father Huang suffered minor trauma.

The Latin school was demolished by the government and the land occupied by a private company while the boys’ school is currently used as living quarters for officials from the county government.

The sources said the attack has sparked anger among many parishioners who have gathered in protest outside their local church vowing to defend their rights.

Kangding diocese currently has three priests and two sisters serving 1,300 Catholics in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It does not have a bishop and is currently being administrated by Leshan diocese. 

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