Chinese Catholic Priests Missing Since Arrest: Rights Group
Two Catholic priests have gone missing after being arrested in areas neighbouring Beijing, a religious group said Monday, amid government efforts to curb protests before the Olympics.
Zhang Jianlin and Jia Zhiguo, both priests from Zhangjiakou prefecture near the capital, have not been seen since they were apprehended in late May, the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said in a statement.
The priests, leaders of China’s “underground” Catholic Church which is not registered with the government, were taken into custody when travelling to Shanghai to attend a service sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI, the group said.
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