CHINA – Bishop and Priest Recently Freed After Months of Detention

International Christian Concern | Dec. 2, 2018

Bishop Perter Shao, who was taken away by Zhejiang authorities on November 9, and Father Lu Danhua of Lishui, who was taken away on the 29th of December of last year, were recently freed on November 23rd and 22nd respectively.

A source told UCA news that authorities did not specify the reason for taking away the bishop and that Father Lu was detained for illegally holding a Mass. Father Lu, who was ordained by Bishop Shao in 2016, is the only priest in sparsely populated Lishui Diocese and after being detained for 11 months was finally released because his brother was sick and needed to be looked after.