Posts Tagged ‘Underground church’

Vatican-China Bishop-appointment deal concerns

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Chinese Catholics who belong to the country’s underground churches are worried. They think the Vatican and Chinese government’s plan to sign an agreement about appointing bishops will mean legitimate bishops will have to step down in favour of state-appointed ones. The agreement, which is only “a few months” away, would allow the Vatican to help Read more

Police raid underground Catholic church

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

An underground Catholic church in China has been disrupted by police to prevent “illegal religious activity”. They ransacked the church and attempted to arrest the priest and the lay preacher. Read more Related Posts:Clifflife Church property ‘totally ransacked’ in late-night…Police chase ends in an arrest on altar during funeralChinese bishop remains in detention one year Read more

HK cardinal says Pope would be manipulated if he visits China

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun of Hong Kong has asked Pope Francis not to visit China, saying the Pontiff would be “manipulated”. Cardinal Zen told an Italian newspaper that this is the message he would give the Pope. Improving relations between Beijing and the Vatican has resulted in speculation that the Pope could reach out to Read more

Former head of ‘underground bishops’ in China dies

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Retired Bishop Peter Liu Guandong of Yixian, former acting president of China’s “underground” Church community’s bishops’ conference, died on October 28 at the age of 94. A report by UCA News said the Vatican-approved bishop, who escaped house arrest and lived in hiding for the last 16 years of his life, was buried in secret Read more

China detains Catholics over struggle for new bishop

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Several priests and laymen in China’s underground Catholic church have been detained in a struggle over the appointment of a new bishop. Independent Catholic Asian news agency,, believes that dozens of lay people as well as Tianshui diocesan administrator, Fr John Baptist Wang Ruohan; retired Bishop Casmir Wang Milu; Father John Wang Ruowang and several other Read more