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A dove flying against the wind

LOS ANGELES (SE): Brother Peter Zhou Bangjiu is indeed a dove that flew against the wind. When the People’s Republic of China was about to be proclaimed, Brother Zhou was a young seminarian with the Benedictines in St. Andrew’s Abbey and had just taken his first vows when Chengdu was captured by the Communist army in 1949.
Although originally a foundation from Belgium, the monastery eventually relocated to California in the United States of America and Brother Zhou, who is now 91-years-old, is the only living link with its Chinese past.

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Turkish court sentences driver for 2010 murder of apostolic vicar


VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Turkish court sentenced Murat Altun to 15 years in prison for the 2010 murder of the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, Bishop Luigi Padovese. 

Altun, now 29-years-old, was the bishop’s driver. He was arrested and confessed almost immediately after the murder, although in the months after his arrest he gave several different explanations of why he stabbed and almost decapitated the bishop. 

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