Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. - The Cardinal Kung Foundation, an advocate of the underground Roman Catholic Church in China, reported today that Bishop Su Zhimin is still detained by the Chinese Government. Bishop Su is the underground Roman Catholic Bishop of Baoding, Hebei in China.
The Cardinal Kung Foundation reported on October 11 that Bishop Su was re-arrested on October 8, 1997 in the city of Xinji, Hebei after his 17 months in hiding. Since then, shortly after President Jiang Zemin's arrival in the United States, a number of news agencies reported Bishop Su's release from prison by the Chinese Government.
"Bishop Su was never released as reported by news agencies. He is now being held in the detention center of Qing Yuan County, Baoding, Hebei Province," said Joseph Kung, the President of the Cardinal Kung Foundation.