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Officials stopped an underground Catholic service in Heilongjang province in China. On April 20th policemen entered a service and attempted to detain a Catholic priest. A video clip posted online showed the police arguing with the congregation who was trying to protect him. The video was later removed but the government released a reported claiming they, “successfully stopped an underground Catholic priest from holding illegal religious activities.”

4/27/2017 China (UCA News) – Local communist officials in northeastern Heilongjiang province cracked down on an underground Catholic community trying to celebrate a weekday Mass on April 20, adding a further hurdle to closed-door negotiations being conducted by the Vatican and Beijing.

A 10-second video clip circulated online showed several police arguing with the congregation who were trying to stop them from detaining a lay leader and Father Shen Yanjun, an underground priest who began working at the Qingshan Church in Wudalianchi city seven months ago. The video clip was later removed.

The local government later released a work report saying they had “successfully stopped an underground Catholic priest from holding illegal religious activities” in a joint action involving officials from the Religious Affairs Bureau, the Public Security Bureau and the United Front Work Department.

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