A Chinese bishop, who has been missing for more than 17 years, is suspected dead after China advocated for his replacement in July.
The Chinese Communist Party have begun to press for the appointment of Bishop Francis An Shuxin as a replacement for Bishop James Su Zhimin. This has led his supporters to fear that Bishop Su was murdered. Su was last seen at a Roman Catholic hospital in 2003. Since then, no one has been able to contact or locate him.
China: welfare vanishing
Chinese authorities are stepping up a policy of withdrawing government social welfare benefits from vulnerable Christians who refuse to renounce their faith.
In June, government officials had threatened to remove financial support from vulnerable elderly and disabled Christians in the provinces of Jiangxi, Shandong, and Henan. Emerging information indicates that the policy is now being rolled out to the wider Christian population and is being increasingly used as a means to intimidate and coerce believers.
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