Bishop Removed

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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