Mass held for missing underground bishop in China

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The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong has held a Mass to pray for missing underground Bp. James Su Zhimin, who was seized by Chinese authorities 20 years ago.

The Mass was also dedicated to other clerics detained by Chinese authorities. Or Yan Yan, a project officer for the commission, told that Bishop Su, from Hebei Province and now aged 85, is still in the hands of authorities. Or noted that many people think the Catholic Church in China is developing well because they see it has beautiful buildings. However, she said underlying problems remained, not least the detention of clerics such as Father Liu Honggeng of Baoding, Coadjutor Bishop Cui Tai of Xuanhua and Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou. All three were current cases, said Or.

She noted rumours that Bishop Su is in a nursing home for the aged, but even if true, this was not the same as being free as it would still be a form of house arrest.

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