Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bishop in China Released from Prison

After ten years...from Monsters and Critics:

Bishop An Shuxin was freed on Friday but remains under police surveillance in his diocese of Baoding, in the northern province of Hebei, the Cardinal Kung Foundation said in a statement.

An, 57, who was arrested in May 1996, has government permission to resume his religious work, the Stamford, Connecticut-based foundation which promotes the Roman Catholic Church in China, said.

Foundation president Joseph Kung welcomed the release as a 'good sign' but said six more bishops remain in Chinese prisons.

'All other underground bishops are under surveillance, or are under house arrest, or are hiding,' Kung said in the statement.