China: Two Underground Priests Taken Away by Police, Beaten for Refusing to Join Patriotic Church

AsiaNews: Since 8 am this morning  the faithful of Xuanhua (Hebei) have been holding a sit-in at the entrance to the local government building to demand the safe return of Fr. Paul Zhang Guangjun (photo 1), kidnapped yesterday by national security agents.

Fr. Zhang, 49, is an unofficial priest of the diocese, who does not agree to join the Patriotic Association (PA), the controlling body of the Chinese Catholic Church. Because of this, Fr. Zhang was beaten and injured by members of the United Front.

In the diocese of Lanzhou (Gansu) another unofficial priest, Fr. Hong Wanxi (photo 3), 60, was forcibly taken to his home village by the United Front, having also refused to join the PA. More here.