Thursday, 10 June 2010

Calvary in China

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.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Kate,

    We would be most grateful if you would kindly display this information regarding Aid to the Church in Need’s Annual Westminster Event on your Blog and pass it on to anyone else who may also be willing to display it. Pictures of the speakers can be sent, should you wish.
    Many thanks and God bless
    Mike Cowie (Area Secretaries Co-ordinator, Aid to the Church in need (UK)

    Aid to the Church in Need Annual Mass and ‘Hope Without Fear’ Event, taking place at Westminster Cathedral and Hall, Ambrosden Avenue London, SW1P 1QW
    on – Saturday, 16th October Mass of Our Lady (Feast of Margaret Mary Alacoque).
    The day begins with Sung Latin Mass in Westminster Cathedral at 10:30am. Mass will be followed by an afternoon of talks in the cathedral hall. We are delighted to welcome some very special guests from the suffering Church in Sudan and Siberia.

    Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, south Sudan is leading his people in south Sudan through a time of great uncertainty. Despite the country’s fragile peace agreement, he has seen his people fall victim to atrocious attacks, including crucifixion. Benefactors are helping to provide hope, funding Christian education at the Save the Saveable schools, training seminarians, Sisters and catechists, and helping priests reach Christian communities with new vehicles.

    Father Michael Shields from Magadan, Siberia is a long-time friend of Aid to the Church in Need. An American from Alaska, he chose to serve in a former communist gulag camp in Magadan, Siberia. Millions died here. Father works for those who survive, ensuring their stories are told and their suffering acknowledged by the authorities. He is the author of the Aid to the Church in Need publication Martyrs of Magadan – a book that tells the stories of 15 survivors of the gulags. Earlier this year, Aid to the Church in Need paid tribute to Father Michael’s work by including him in the book Heroic Priests.

    Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK Director, Aid to the Church in Need
    has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and, this year, he will give an update on the help benefactors are giving to Christians in Ukraine, where he recently visited.

    John Pontifex, UK Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need
    will speak about suffering, faith and hope in Pakistan and how benefactors are helping to nurture this hope.

    For more information please visit our Website