March 20, 2014

China's Catholics in Chains

Raymond de Souza, National Post

The Associated Press

Shanghai’s Catholics are suffering. This week the legitimate Catholic bishop died at the age of 97, having spent more than 50 years in the aogai — Chinese gulag — and under house arrest. Bishop Joseph Fan Zhong-Liang, a Jesuit priest, was denied even in death the proper rituals due to a Catholic bishop. He died as he lived, in quiet, resolute refusal to swear allegiance to the politburo of Beijing rather than the pope of Rome.

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