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Rector of Yujiang seminary arrested, he had organised a meeting of the diocesan clergy

ICC Note

China has continued to arrest leaders of underground churches as this story reveals.

11/27/2007 China (Asia News)– Fr Zeng Zhongliang, rector of the Yujiang diocese seminary in Jiangxi (Central China), was arrested two days ago along with a seminarian, Wang Bin, during a visit to the southern province of Guangdong . Presently, both are being held in a prison in Yujiang.

The two were arrested a few days after the clergy of their diocese held a meeting organised by Father Zeng himself in the town of Fuzhou . The priest acted on behalf of the diocese’s bishop, 85-year-old Mgr Thomas Zeng Jingmu, who has been under house arrest at the Bishop’s Residence for quite some time.

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The diocese of Yujang has a large number of underground Catholic believers and priests; Catholics that is who are not registered with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and therefore not recognised by the government.

Provincial authorities rarely allow foreigners to visit local places of worship. Often they have “guides” escort tourists wherever they go.

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