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06/22/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – A Chinese bishop, who is not recognized by the communist China, has been detained again in a unspecified place, possibly due to his reluctance to join the state-sanctioned Catholic Church.

According to UCA News, the 70-year-old bishop Cui Tai from Xuanhua diocese in Hebei province was taken away to an unspecified place on June 19, based on local Catholics’ account.

Bishop Cui has been repeatedly detained since 2007 without any judicial procedure. He also was not accused of any wrongdoing. Yet he has only been allowed to return home for a few days during festivals such as the Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Bishop Cui also suffers from severe stomach ailments.

Earlier this year, he returned to the diocese in during the Lunar New Year holidays. Perhaps due to the pandemic, he was not taken back to the detention place, a source told UCA News. The five-month time was the longest period that he was able to be back in his diocese without being detained since 2007.

Chan Lok-shun, project officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Diocese, believes the detention of the bishop who has been loyal to the Holy See, rejecting the state-vetted Catholic Church, is a gross violation of his freedom.

“The situation of religious freedom in China has not only not improved but has worsened,” he said.

Bishop Cui’s re-imprisonment was proof that the Chinese Communist Party “was still using brutal methods” against religious leaders who do not agree with the state religion.

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