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Press Release - November 26, 1995

Contact: Joseph Kung
PO Box 8086, Stamford, CT 06905, U.S.A
Tel: 203-329-9712 Fax: 203-329-8415 E-Mail: jmkung@aol.com

Rearrest of a Roman Catholic Bishop by the Chinese Government.

Seven persons released after the detentions following the Church destruction incident on November 22.

Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. - a) Referencing our press release of November 3, 1995, Bishop Zeng Jingmu, Roman Catholic Bishop of Yu Jiang, Jiangxi, arrested on October 4, 1995 by the Chinese Government, was released from jail on October 18. At that time,the prelate was suffering from a serious case of pneumonia contracted during his detention without proper medical care.

This same Bishop Zeng Jingmu was once again arrested by the Chinese Government on or about November 22, 1995.

This kind of on-and-off arrest without going through the proper legal process, commonly known as "administrative detention", has become notoriously prevalent in China as a weapon of intimidation against the religious leaders.

b) Referencing our press release of November 24, 1995, the 7 people detained as the result of the destruction of a Roman Catholic Church in Bei Deng Cun by the Chinese government were released on November 26. This morning a Holy Mass was offered at the site of the destruction. Thousands came.