Chinese Catholic petition for release of bishop, imprisoned since 1996

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Catholics in China’s Hebei province have issued a plea to the government for the release of Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding, who has been jailed since 1996.

After China’s President Xi Jinping announced an amnesty for elderly prisoners, Catholics in Hebei signed a petition calling for the release of Bishop Su, who is now 82 years old.

Bishop Su was arrested in 1996, after he steadfastly refused to join the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association. He escaped in April 1996 and remained in hiding until he was re-arrested in October 1997. Since that time he has not been seen in public—although acquaintances reported that they had spotted him in a hospital in 2003, under heavy guard, apparently being treated for a heart ailment.

In 2010, the Patriotic Association installed Bishop Francis An Shuxin to replace Bishop Su in the Baoding diocese. The Vatican refused to approve the appointment.


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  1. Annie Reply

    The anointed one of GOD has been languishing in prison for 19 years not because of any crime against humanity, neither for defying the laws of the land, but by standing firm in his faith. you will pay dearly for this inhuman act against the man of God.

    What happened to Fr. Pedro Yu Heping whose body was found floating in a river on 8th November 2015?
    You haters of faith!!, You Pharisees and Scribes!!. You white washed tombs!! hell will hold you in its embrace.

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