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(AsiaNews/UCAN) – A young priest of the unofficial church in Wenzhou diocese, eastern China , has been freed after nearly six years in detention. A Catholic source in China said on June 22 Fr Vincent Kong Guocun was freed on June 8 due to ill health. Fr Kong, 34, had been kept under house arrest since 20 October 1999. The arrest came barely two years after he was ordained on 31 August 1997. During the early days of his detention, Fr Kong was isolated from outside contact. It was only later that his parents were allowed to pay him occasional visits, the source said, explaining that government officials alleged Fr Kong was “too stubborn” and was not cooperative. Fr Kong’s five-year and eight-month detention is the second longest among the Wenzhou clergy. Unofficial bishop, Mgr James Lin Xili is still confined to the cathedral of the official Wenzhou community. The 84-year-old bishop has not enjoyed freedom of movement since September 1999. Mgr Lin has Alzheimer’s disease. Some Catholics maintain his sickness is due to tortures he suffered in prison.