Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin has been missing for 41 days since he was ‘forcibly removed’ from his diocese on May 18.
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By: ZiQing Low
Beijing has warned against outside interference in China’s internal affairs after the Vatican’s
formal rebuke of Chinese authorities forcibly removing and detaining a Catholic bishop.
“China opposes interference from any foreign country or individual in our internal affairs on the basis of individual cases,” In a China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement on June 27.
“China protects the religious freedom of its citizens, religious activities and the rights of religious organizations in accordance with the law. However, similar to other countries, China will tighten legal control over religious affairs,” Lu said.
Shao Zhumin (邵祝敏) was confirmed by the Vatican as the successor of the Wenzhou diocese, in Zhejiang province, in September 2016 following the death of his predecessor. However, Shao is not part of China’s state-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), and the Chinese government views Shao as part of an “underground” religion. [FULL STORY]