Catholics detained in China

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain), July 22, 2002 Link

Thirty Roman Catholic worshippers, including 25 children, were detained for holding an illegal summer vacation church service in southeastern China’s Fujian province, police officials and a US-based religious group said yesterday.

The detentions appeared to be a part of an ongoing government crackdown on non-registered “underground churches” that intensified earlier this year as Chinese authorities began viewing such groups as “evil cults” similar to the banned Falun Gong spiritual group.

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