The Chinese Government has been attacking the Catholic Church by using “legal enforcement” to attack churches, kidnap and torture priests and believers. According to a recent report, Chinese Bishop Peter Shao has been abducted by the Chinese government and nobody knows where he is, and the Vatican is publicly concerned for his safety:
On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who has not been returned since being forcibly removed from his diocese by the Chinese state May 18.
“The Holy See is observing with grave concern the personal situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, forcibly removed from his episcopal see some time ago,” read the June 26 statement by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.
The Catholic community of the diocese and his family and friends remain with no news of the bishop’s whereabouts or of the reason for his removal, the statement continued.
The Vatican-approved Bishop Shao, who is not recognized by the Chinese government, was summoned by their religious bureau on May 18 and has since not been heard from or returned, La Croix International reports.
Following canon law, the Vatican confirmed Bishop Shao as the successor of the Wenzhou diocese on Sept. 21, 2016, following the death of his predecessor, Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang. Since then he has been removed from the diocese or detained on four different occasions.
He is not a part of the state-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and is therefore part of the underground church not recognized by the communist government.
The Vatican’s statement was issued in response to questions from journalists. There were reports last week claiming that the bishop had been spotted in the local airport with government officials, though the claim has not been substantiated and his present whereabouts are still unknown.
“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,” the Vatican statement continued.
“We are all invited to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and for the path of the Catholic Church in China.”
Bishop Shao was first detained, along with three other priests, following the death of his predecessor, Bishop Zhu, preventing him from presiding over the funeral Mass.
He was also detained just one month prior to this current detainment, from April 12-17, which ostensibly was to prevent him from celebrating the Triduum and Easter liturgies, which would have been his first time as head of the diocese.
He is not the only Chinese bishop or Christian to be detained. Persecution of Christians in China varies by province, but certain provinces have seen an uptick in recent years.
In Zhejiang province, where the Diocese of Wenzhou is located, more than 1,500 churches have been desecrated or demolished. Churches in Zhejiang have been ordered to stop displaying crosses and Christians there have been detained.
Overall, the situation of religious freedom in China has deteriorated even more in recent years, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom noted in its 2017 annual report, as the country’s leader Xi Jingping has “further consolidated power” and worked to promote the “sinicization” of religion. (source)
Muslim terrorists from ISIS have been terrorizing the Philippines. Terrorists went into a church and destroyed the statues of Jesus and Mary and then took the Eucharist and dumped it on the ground according to a recent report:
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato has condemned “in the strongest terms possible” the reported desecration of a Catholic chapel by terrorist gunmen in the southern Philippines on June 21.
The incident, in the village of Malagakit, happened when about 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked Pigcawayan town, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of residents.
The BIFF, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that has signed a peace deal with the government, has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group.
Chief Inspector Reylan Mamon, the Pigcawayan police chief, said the gunmen destroyed religious images inside the chapel.
“The crucifix and images of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ were destroyed while the sacred hosts were thrown all over the floor,” the police chief told ucanews.com
Cardinal Quevedo described the desecration of the chapel as “wicked.”
“Such acts are similar to the desecration of a mosque and the sacred Quran by non-Muslims. Both desecrations are gravely sinful,” said the prelate.
Cardinal Quevedo challenged the leaders of the BIFF to punish its men who desecrated the chapel.
“If the BIFF wants to have an image as a respecter of all religions, it must punish its members who perpetrated the odious desecration and educate all its members in strictly respecting other religions,” said the prelate.
The cardinal called on Catholics in Pigcawayan to restore the sacredness of their chapel.
Last month, terrorist gunmen also desecrated St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, some 150 kilometers from Cotabato.
The gunmen were seen on a video destroying religious images and burning the cathedral.
The siege entered its second month this week with government forces retaking several areas of the city occupied by the gunmen.
Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has branded the desecration of sacred sites as “un-Islamic.”
“These terrorists are nothing but hypocrites who undermine the true essence of Islam,” said the governor.
The attack in Pigcawayan has displaced some 1,707 individuals and suspended classes in 14 schools, affecting at least 4,000 elementary and high school students.
The military said pursuit operations against the gunmen were continuing. (source)
The dumping of the Eucharist on the ground is particularly significant because the Eucharist becomes the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There have been many miracles throughout history where the supernatural transformation that happens at mass becomes physically manifest before the eyes of men, spanning from ancient Christian history through today. It is the reason why evil people specifically target the Eucharist for desecration, be they Muslims, witches, or heretics.
Last year Muslims attempted to expropriate land from a Christian family. The family was eventually forced off and into a slum. Now the Muslims attempted to gang rape the family’s 20-year-old daughter according to a recent report:
A young Catholic tribal tribe has been raped by three Muslim men, and now lives in fear. The violent attack occurred in the village of Madarpur, in Gaibandha, in the diocese of Dinajpur.
On June 18, the 20-year-old girl was attacked by three criminals – including a security guard – but with her cries she was able to attract the attention of other tribals who managed to save her. After the attempted rape, the three men fled and are still at large. The young woman’s family filed a complaint, but now denounces it is being threatened by criminals, who want the case to be dropped.
The three accused are Halim Shak, 28, a security guard at a sugar factory; Wear Amin, 35, and Abdul Latif, 35. The Catholic Tribal is a member of the Mariampur Parish. Last year her family was involved in a land dispute. The violence – a premeditated attack – was also witnessed by the police, deployed by the Muslims who wanted to expropriate the land. The young woman, along with her parents, were forced to leave the house and live in a slum.
Father Samson Marandy, parish priest of Mariampur, reports to AsiaNews that the victim “is already in a state of weakness because persecuted for their land. She lives like a refugee and has also had to suffer sexual assault by Muslims. ” “Christians here – he adds – are the minority and remain victims of the Islamic majority. We as church leaders are on the part of our people. We want justice and security. ”
In Bangladesh more than 90% of the population (over a total of more than 160 million inhabitants) profess Islam. Christians are just 600,000, of which about 350,000 Catholics. In October 2016, Pope Francis (who could go to the country next November) created the first cardinal, the archbishop of Dhaka Patrick D’Rozario. In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews he said: “The merit of my nomination goes to the people of Bangladesh, to their cultural traditions and to being a small flock. It is also a call to witness Christianity more and more among the Islamic and Hindu majority. “(source)
A six-year-old girl who was kidnapped by ISIS terrorists was reunited with her family three years after she was taken captive according to a recent report:
A six-year old Iraqi Christian girl, Christina who was kidnapped by the terror group ISIS reunites with her family after three years. The girl was abducted when she was three years old, finds her way back to home June 9. Her mother Aida Nuh says: “The best day of my life is the day when Christina came back.
The little girl was taken away by the militants in August 2014. Christina resident of Qaraqosh was snatched from her mother. “She stayed three years with the terrorists. Of course she forgot who her mother is, who her father is, that we are her family, but she will learn again.”
On August 22, 2014 the militants from ISIS forced Christian families left in Qaraqosh to flee. The little gril was snatched when she was in minibus along with her family and other Christians running from the terror group ISIS. Her mother Aida was holding her, when the militant snatched her away despite the fact that Aida resisted.
Christina’s family started painstaking endeavor to find her through the help of their Arab friends. After years of struggle, Christina’s family received a phone call telling them that Christina had been found in Hayy Al Tanak, in the city of Mosul. As a result of the US-backed military offensive Mosul has been liberated from the clutches of the terror group ISIS.
“We went to a dirty place in Hayy Al Tanak , we took the child,” Christina’s father, Khader Touma said. Christina’s two sisters and two brothers fled to the Kurdish territory in order to escape violence. The girl after returning home, said, I’m with mum and dad.” Her family now lives in a makeshift house for the displaced people in Ankawa, a Christian suburb of the Kurdish capital Erbil, east of Mosul. They hope to emigrate, as their home back in Qaraqosh has been completely destroyed by the militants. (source)
RescueChristians.org, a division of Forum For Middle East Understanding, is a non-profit charity (501c3 EIN# 75 321 4184) formed to do what the other “Rescue Missions” will not do: Get our hands dirty and risk our lives actually going in and rescuing persecuted Christians.
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Rescue Christians is a charity founded in 2006. The initial mission was two-fold: to educate the public concerning the threat of fundamentalist Islam and terrorism, and to expose government corruption concerning the infiltration of Islamists into our government. This work continues.
In 2009, after a case of false Blasphemy was referred to us from Pakistan we inquired with many organizations that touted themselves as helping the persecuted Christians. After extensive research we discovered to our disappointment that none of these organizations had any interest in actually saving people from their fate. We decided that despite our lack of expertise at that time, it was our duty as Christians and Jews under the command of the Lord to undertake our best efforts to try and save as many Christian (and Jews if necessary) people as possible both from slavery and persecution.
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The slave problem is huge with about 30 million slaves worldwide of which over three million are Christians. We believe if we can raise the resources we can save most of the Christian slaves and inspire other non-Christian organizations to save their own brethren. We have already inspired the Hindu community to do the same as us in Pakistan.
We employ brave people who risk their own lives to save their brethren and with the financial resources our readers and supporters provide that allows us to do this holy work. On many occasions we have serious security issues to deal with but thanks to G-d all our staff so far have avoided death or serious injury.
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Ideally we like our rescued victims especially in the slave program to be able to get employment and be self-sustaining once they are released. Our charity retains its own private employment agency so once we release the slaves we can get them employed immediately. However in some cases we will provide on a short-term basis individual families food and shelter until permanent status has been achieved, this is usually the case when we deal with individual cases of extreme persecution.
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