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(AsiaNews) – Joaquin Navaro-Valls, director of the Vatican Press Office, took issue once again with the “serious violation of religious freedom” taking place in China against Catholic communities. In particular the Holy See is condemning the arrest of 8 priests and 2 seminarians in Hebei , plus 3 priests and 1 seminarian in Fuzhou . AsiaNews broke the news of the arrests last August 17. According to AsiaNews sources in China, it is clear, by now, that the government has launched a campaign to eliminate or isolate the leaders of underground churches.The Vatican, in affirming that religious freedom is “a fundamental human right”, calls for the release of those arrested “so that they may return…to their pastoral undertakings at the service of their respective Catholic communities”.