China forcing Catholic leaders to be re-educated or lose their jobs


China’s Communist Party continues its campaign to control the Chinese Catholic church, forcing leaders to undergo extensive re-education or lose their opportunity to serve the faithful. The process has split the Church

While the underground community of Baoding is one of the oldest and largest in China and their local bishop, James Su Zhimin, remains in police custody (for over 25 years), his superior, Bishop Francis An Shuxin, has joined the official Church. This follows an agreement  signed by the Holy See and China (signed in 2018, renewed in 2020 and 2022), which gives the Chineses government strong control over the appointment of Catholic leadership.

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