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Plea for missing Chinese bishop

Hong Kong (UCAN): Su Tianyou, the nephew of Bishop James Su Zhimin of the unofficial Church in Baoding, Hebei province, has appealed for information about his whereabouts. The bishop has been missing for 23 years.
 
“His whereabouts are unknown and I don’t even know if he is alive or not. I am upset with tears every time I think of this 87-year-old man. Please pray for him,” Su said.
 

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Chinese official decries foreign religious meddling

HONG KONG (UCAN): Wang Zuo’an, deputy minister of the Chinese government’s United Front Work Department, published a signed commentary dealing with so-called Sinicisation of the Catholic Church and other religious groups on March 26.
 
Writing in the state-run Zhongguo Minzu Bao newspaper, he insisted there must be Communist Party leadership in relation to religious practice taking into account “geopolitical” factors.
 

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Bishop and vicar general detained again

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Augustine Cui Tai of Xuanhua, Hebei, China, was detained again on March 29, while his vicar general, Father Zhang Jianlin was taken into custody by officials from the provincial religious department on March 28, amid a long-running dispute between a group of Beijing-affiliated priests and the unofficial community in the northern Chinese province.
 

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