ASIA/CHINA - Chinese police release Catholic Bishop Wei Jingyi arrested on 5 March

Wednesday, 17 March 2004

Vatican City (Fides Service) - With great joy Fides learned of the release of Bishop Wei Jingyi, Bishop of the Chinese diocese of Qiqihar, detained by the Chinese police on March 5. The news of the arrest of Bishop Wei Jingyi, aged 45, ordained a priest in 1985 and appointed Bishop of Qiqihar in 1995, was confirmed by Fides on 9 March. On March 10 the Pope’s official spokesman Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls issued a press statement expressing the Holy See’s concern and anxiety with regard to the news. Bishop Jingyi has been arrested in the past and sent to labour camps: 1987 to1989 and from 1990 to 1992. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 17/3/2004 - Righe 8; Parole 118