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Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Continental China, was taken into custody by Chinese police on Easter weekend 2017. While recognized as a bishop in the Catholic Church, he is an unofficial bishop or "undergroundâ? in China, since the Chinese government does not recognize him as religious.  The Vatican has released a statement on the situation saying, "the diocesan Catholic community and his relatives have no news or reasons for his removal, nor do they know where he is being held. In this respect, the Holy See, profoundly saddened for this and other similar episodes that unfortunately do not facilitate ways of understanding, expresses the hope that Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin may return as soon as possible to the diocese and that he can be assured the possibility of serenely exercising his episcopal ministry.â? Finally, the Holy See "invited all to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and for the path of the Catholic Church in China.â? MB