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Chinese authorities holding 4 bishops loyal to Holy See

Reports out of China have also said that Bishop Paul Pei Junmin is being surrounded in his cathedral by the police as priests deny them access. The Vatican has warned that anyone who willingly takes part in an illicit ordination faces the risk of ex-communication. They do however make exceptions for those who are forced to attend against their will. The Vatican has repeatedly appealed to the Chinese government to end the state sanctioned Church as relations continue to worsen. AERRHC-BN