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02/08/2012 China (UCA News) – Four of six “underground” priests from Suiyuan diocese, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, have been released after having been detained last week.
The whereabouts of Fathers Ban Zhanxiong and Ma Mumin are still unknown, but Chu Jianli, Ding Zhanmin, Wang Hu, and Zhao Runxi, who is the new parish priest of Erenhot, were freed.
Fr Gao Jiangping, the diocesan administrator who heads the “underground” community in the area, was later confirmed not among the detainees.
Church sources believe the detentions were related to a dispute over the transfer of priests in Erenhot, a city near the border with Mongolia.

Fr Gao and the detained priests went to Erenhot to settle the dispute on learning the news. But about 30 officials took six of the priests away on January 30 before they could meet.
Bishop Meng confirmed giving the appointment letter to Fr Wang Zhihua.
“He wanted to do pastoral work openly because security is tight at the border and underground activities are difficult.”
Some sources believe Fr Wang Zhihua betrayed his colleagues to the authorities.
Bishop Meng however, denied this.

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