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Elderly Chinese bishop imprisoned for three years is released

ICC Note:

China has finally released an elderly Bishop after three years of imprisonment due to his membership in the unauthorized Catholic church.


3/6/09 China (CNA) Eighty five year-old Bishop Leon Yao Liang of Hebei has been reunited with his diocese after being held in prison for 30 months for belonging to the clandestine Catholic Church in China.

There are still two bishops from Hebei and a priest who remain in prison: Bishop Su Zhimin, 76, of Baoding, who was arrested on October 8, 1997, and Bishop Shi Enxiang, 85, of Yixian, who was arrested on April 13, 2001, and the vicar general of the Diocese of Baoding, Father Lui Genjun, who was arrested on February 17, 2006.

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