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MORE CHRISTIANS HAVE DIED FOR THE FAITH IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN IN THE PRECEDING 19 CENTURIES COMBINED



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ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE, VIRGIN AND DOCTOR, PRAY FOR US.


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MONITOR THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH IN CHINA.
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JAILED CHINESE BISHOP RELEASED DURING PREMIER'S US VISIT



BEIJING (CWN) - Even as Chinese President Jiang Zemin sparred with US President Bill Clinton over his country's record on human rights, Communist authorities in China were releasing from jail Bishop Shu Zhimin, the Vatican news agency Fides said on Thursday.

Bishop Zhimin, 65, of Baoding, who had already spent two decades in jail for refusing to renounce the authority of the pope, was arrested in Xinji last month for erecting and visiting a Marian shrine. The Communist government does not tolerate any Catholic entity in the country aside from its state-sanctioned Patriotic Catholic Association which renounces all ties with the Vatican.

Other Chinese Catholic leaders who remain in jail or under some form of detention for practicing their religion, according to US Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas, who presented the list to Jiang, include Bishop Zeng Jingmu, 77, sentenced without trial in March 1996 to three years in jail, Bishop An Shuxin, arrested in February 1997, Bishop Johannes Han Ding Xiang, 58, most recently arrested on August 27, 1995, Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, 74, under house arrest in Shanghai, Bishop Casimir Wang Milu, 55, under house arrest, Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang, 71, under police surveillance and restrictions of movement, Father Guo Bo Le, sentenced to two years in 1996, Bishop Julius Jia Zhigho, under police surveillance and severe restrictions of movement, Bishop Joseph Li Side, in his 60s, in internal exile since 1992, Bishop Gu Zheng Mattia, under police surveillance and restrictions of movement, Father Vincent Qin Guoliang, 60, arrested in 1994 and sentenced to two years although his release has not been confirmed, Father Liao Haiqing, 68, arrested on August 4, 1995 and last known to be still in detention, Father Peter Cui Xingang, 31, arrested in March 1996 and believed to be still in detention.


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