“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” Karol Cardinal Wotyla (Sept. 1976)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"...Fruitful with the Shedding of their Blood."

With the Beijing Olympics starting Friday, it is a good time to re-emphasize how much our Roman Catholic brethren are suffering under the evil regime of this country.

The Cardinal Kung Foundation cites:

Currently, every one of the approximately 35 underground bishops of the RCC is either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding.

Bishop SU Zhimin, the underground Bishop of Baoding, Hebei was arrested in 1996, escaped, and rearrested in 1997. There has been no news on this bishop for many years.

Bishop AN Shuxin, the underground Auxiliary Bishop of Baoding, Hebei, was arrested in 1996. He was released on August 24, 2006 after more than 10 years confinement in prison.

Bishop SHI Enxiang, Bishop of Yixian, Hebei, was arrested on April 13, 2001. He is now more than 80 years old and has been detained for more than 6 years. We do not know his whereabouts or his condition.

Bishop GAO Kexian, Bishop of Yantai, Shandong, was arrested in October, 1999. We did not know where he was until he died in jail in January 2005. His cause of death is unknown.

Bishop YAO Liang, the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Xiwanzi in Hebei, was arrested on March 31, 2005, released, and arrested again on July 30, 2006. He is in his early eighties. We do not know where he is detained or his condition.

Bishop ZHAO ZhenDong, Bishop of Xuanhua in Hebei, was arrested in December 2004. He died shortly after he was released. He was 87 years of age.

Bishop HAN Dingxiang , Bishop of Yong Nian, Hebei, was arrested in December 1999 and was held in an unknown place for his last two years. He died last year in a very suspicious situation. He was cremated and buried within six hours of his death without any religious ceremony.

Please offer your most heart-felt prayers over the next few days for our brothers and sister being persecuted for our Roman Catholic Faith in China.

Please also write and call China’s Embassy in Washington D.C. and let them know that the persecution of the Roman Catholic Church is intolerable.

Tel:(202) 328-2500 Email: chinaembassy_us@fmprc.gov.cn

It is always worthwhile to read the biography of one of my heroes, Cardinal Ignatius Kung.

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