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I.Media for Aleteia - published on 05/06/22 - updated on 05/06/22

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Friday 6 May 2022
1 – Ten Chinese priests missing since the beginning of the year
2 – Archbishop Paglia comments on the Pope’s criticism of the Patriarch of Moscow
3 – Archdiocese of Buenos Aires faces Vatican investigation over controversial management of properties
4 – In Sweden, the Catholic Church is growing in numbers but lacks economic resources
5 – Singer Madonna wants to meet with Pope Francis to discuss women’s rights

10 Chinese priests missing since the beginning of the year

Since January 2022, at least 10 priests, all belonging to the clandestine (unofficial) community of Baoding (Hebei), have disappeared after being taken by government representatives and the Chinese Police, AsiaNews reports. Their followers have been struggling in vain to obtain clarification on their disappearance. Other priests from this numerous underground Church who are still free, fear that they will soon be arrested. While Bishop James Su Zhimin has been in the hands of the police for at least 25 years, the underground community has been strained by the agreement between China and the Holy See on new bishop appointments. According to the media outlet, the agreement is being used by the Chinese government as “proof” that the Vatican is espousing the Party line of total control of the Church. It obliges all priests to profess their adherence to the Party and their membership in the official Church. Those who fail to do so are subject to detention. 

AsiaNews, Italian

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