From Catholic Culture :
"Government authorities in Ordos City, a city of 1.6 million in northern China, demolished the city’s only parish on June 7 in order to make way for a larger road. Authorities also handcuffed the parish priest and a lay leader. The parish had been registered with the government and was not part of the underground church; the local Inner Mongolian bishop has been approved both by the Holy See and by the Communist government.
One source told UCA News, “How could the government demolish the church secretly in the middle of the night and cause the ‘disappearance’ of our Church leaders while talking about social harmony?”
The leading Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, supports persecuted and oppressed Christians in many countries, including China, around the world.
The moving picture below comes from one of their new publications, "Heroic Priests", (priced very reasonably at £1.95) which you can find on ACN's excellent website :
This is Bishop John Hangdinxiang, who spent a total of 30 years in custody for his loyalty to the Holy See.
When he died in 2007, the authorities cremated his remains without a funeral, and his tombstone makes no mention of his being a Bishop. Bishop John refused to be cowed by the communist government and it cost him more than 30 years spent in forced labour camps, prisons and house arrest for the 'unpatriotic activity' of ministering to his flock.
The picture above shows him holding aloft a crucifix from the balcony of his cell to a hidden video camera.
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