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China: 10 priests from Baoding’s underground church disappear in the hands of police

Police also seized a bishop days before Western Easter. The Chinese Communist Party is working actively and on numerous fronts to destroy Christianity and replace it in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people of China.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“10 priests from Baoding’s underground church disappear in the hands of police,” by Wang Zhicheng, Asia News, May 3, 2022:

Beijing – At least 10 priests, all belonging to the underground (unofficial) community of Baoding (Hebei), have disappeared in the hands of the police over a period stretching from January 2022 until today. Four of them disappeared on April 29 and 30, just a few days ago.

The priests and faithful of Baoding community are asking for prayers for them and news on their whereabouts. Many family members of the missing priests have turned to their village policemen for information, or to find a way to open a channel of communication, but in vain.

Several priests, who are still free, fear that they may be arrested soon.

The detention the priests are subjected to is called “guanzhi”: It is not a physical prison, but a restriction of movements and activities, and forced participation in political sessions with teh aim of coercing them to join the official Church. But joining the official Church entails joining and submitting to the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese law allows “guanzhi” for up to three years, without any charges being filed. However, the faithful fear that something might happen to the priests. In the past, priests and bishops who were kidnapped were later found dying or dead….

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