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China Releases 7 Priests But Church Fears For Life of Leader

BEIJING , CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Days after 7 detained priests were released there is concern within China ‘s underground Catholic Church that one of its leaders may have been killed by feared security forces, BosNewsLife monitored Wednesday, May 11. Chinese authorities have reportedly denied knowing anything about the fate of 83-year-old Bishop Shi Enxian from Yixian , Hebei province, who disappeared four years ago. AsiaNews, a Catholic oriented website and other media, quoted church officials as saying his fate “might become like” bishops Fan Xueyn and Li Lifang who “died in prison.” Authorities allegedly followed Bishop Shi Enxiang since 1995 and he apparently disappeared in his niece’s home in Beijing on April 13, 2001. Eyewitnesses reportedly saw how two cars with licence plates from Xushui , Hebei province, took the bishop and drove away.