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Chinese bishop released from detention after more than seven months

The Bishop of Wenzhou, Peter Shao Zhumin, has been released by Chinese authorities after being detained for more than seven months, reported ucanews.com.

The bishop, who has not joined government-approved associations for church officials, was released on 3rd January and was expected to return to Wenzhou, one of China’s biggest Christian cities, in late January.

A source who wanted to be unnamed told ucanews.com that after Bishop Shao was taken away in May, officials from Wenzhou City Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs tried to force him to sign an agreement. The agreement requested the bishop to support the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the self-election and self-ordination of bishops.

After a lot of pressure, Bishop Shao signed the agreement but added a remark that he did not agree with the terms, the source said.

“What the government is doing is like the Cultural Revolution, arresting you and forcing you to sign documents to support the authority,” the source said.

Picture: Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, China, has been released by Chinese authorities after being detained for more than seven months, reported ucanews.com. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy UCAN).