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Missing bishop resurfaces

WENZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Shao Zhuming, from Wenzhou, who has been missing since security officials detained him in April, just before Easter, has resurfaced at a Beijing hospital. Through a WeChat message, the bishop from the unofficial Church community said he was scheduled to have ear surgery on September 11.
 
“Many thanks for all who pray for me, especially for the smoothness of my surgery today,” the bishop wrote in his message.
 

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The whereabouts of Wenzhou bishop remain a mystery

WENZHOU (SE): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin is still being held at an unknown location after he was told to report to police in the city of Wenzhou on May 18.
 
This is regarded as an extraordinarily long detention by parishioners in Wenzhou.
 

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Time to take up the cross again

WENZHOU (UCAN): The province of Zhejiang has been through a highly controversial period over the past four years, as Christians have been forced to watch more than 1,700 crosses being removed from Church buildings by government authorities.
 
But now that the secretary of the Communist Party that gave the demolition orders is moving on, some people think that it is time to take up the cross again.
 

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Petition for release of Wenzhou bishop

HONG KONG (UCAN): More than 22,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that China release Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who has been taken away from his diocese to one of the country’s more remote, albeit more picturesque provinces.

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Wenzhou bishop has another trip

HONG KONG (UCAN): Fresh from his gardening leave in the remote north of China, the harassed bishop of Wenzhou, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, has been taken on another trip courtesy of the government to keep him away from sensitive Church activities and functions.

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Under mobile phone arrest

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who as the coadjutor to the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou, automatically takes his place as the local ordinary, is effectively being held by the authorities under mobile phone arrest.

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Sticky politics around bishop’s funeral

WENZHOU (SE): While many more than the limited number the government was willing to allow to attend the funeral of the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang province of China, turned up at the church on September 13 for his requiem Mass and at his home village of Ma Qiao for the burial of his ashes, the day was overshadowed by controversy over the absence of the new bishop of the diocese, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin.

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Three new priests for Wenzhou diocese

Wenzhou (AsiaNews): More that 4,000 people attended the ordination of three new priests for the Wenzhou diocese, Zhejiang, on April 30. Reverend Cai Zhengyou, Reverend Lin Yi and Reverend Song Shanxun, were ordained by the former bishop, Bishop Zhu Weifang at an ordination Mass concelebrated with Father Ma Xianshi, the vicar general, and Father Lin Shenli together with at least 35 other priests.

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China frees opponents of cross-removals

HONG KONG (UCAN): Four pastors and two lawyers, who were arrested and jailed for opposing the government campaign to demolish or remove crosses from Church buildings in Wenzhou, China.

The most recent one to have been picked up, Pastor Wang Yunxian, from the Longwan Church in coastal Zhejiang province, was released on December 11 by authorities in Wenzhou.

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