Magazine article The Christian Century

Chinese Church Leaders Reportedly Arrested

Magazine article The Christian Century

Chinese Church Leaders Reportedly Arrested

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An 81-year-old bishop, who has already spent 20 years in prison, and three priests in China's underground Roman Catholic Church have been arrested, according to reports. The Cardinal Kung Foundation, based in Stamford, Connecticut, said September 14 that Bishop Lin Xili, who had been in hiding, was arrested September 7 in southeastern China.

In addition, two priests were arrested September 3 and another was taken into custody in August, reported the foundation, named after Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-mei, the bishop of Shanghai, Who spent 30 years in Chinese prisons. He now lives in the U.S.

China has two Catholic churches. One is officially recognized by the Chinese government. However, the underground church refuses to renounce its loyalty to the pope, making it an illegal group under Chinese law. Only government-sanctioned religious expression is legal in China.

The latest arrests follow actions taken August when Chinese police reportedly arrested 40 leaders of the Protestant "house church" movement. The new arrests bring to nearly 50 the number of church leaders taken into custody in late-August actions. The most recent in that series of arrests occurred August 24 as the 40 leaders gathered in a house in Henan province's Tange district, according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China.

On August 22 a leader of the house church movement, Zhang Rongliang--described as "a highly visible and outspoken leader" of Henan's Fangcheng Fellowship--was also arrested, according to a report by Newsroom, an evangelical Christian-oriented news service based in Oxford, England. …

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