Bishop Removed

 Chinese Catholics receive Communion in 2012 during Christmas Eve Mass in Beijing. A top Politburo official told faith leaders that religious groups must promote Chinese culture and become more compatible with socialism. (CNS photo/How Hwee Young, EPA)

AsiaNews, the Rome-based missionary news agency, reported on Sept. 8 that Chinese authorities had taken Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, China, out of the diocese to northwest China “on a trip.” Local faithful said it was to prevent him from taking possession of the diocese after the death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang. The diocesan chancellor, the Rev. Paul Jian Sunian, was escorted by police to Yunnan, and another priest was held in a hotel. Local Chinese police also restricted the number of people at Bishop Zhu’s funeral on Sept. 13 to 400, insisting that participants needed a permit to attend.

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