Vatican concerns over bishop detained in China

Source: BBC News

The Vatican has expressed “grave concerns” for one of its bishops who was detained after being “forcibly removed” from his diocese in China.

Chinese Catholic bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was seized by authorities in May, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

The cleric’s family has been given no information on the reasons for his removal or his current whereabouts.

Relations between the Vatican and China have been strained by disputes over who can appoint bishops in the country.

Mr Burke said he was “profoundly saddened” by the situation involving the detention of a bishop from his diocese in Wenzhou, in China’s southeastern Zhejiang province.

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