VATICAN - Statement of the Director of the Press Office on the case of Mgr. Peter Shao Zhumin

Monday, 26 June 2017 local churches  

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - In response to questions from journalists regarding the case of Mgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, Bishop of Wenzhou (Continental China), the Director of the Holy See's Press Office, Greg Burke, today stated the following:
"The Holy See is observing with grave concern the personal situation of Mgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, Bishop of Wenzhou, forcibly removed from his episcopal see some time ago. The diocesan Catholic community and his relatives have no news or reasons for his removal, nor do they know where he is being held. 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 Mgr. 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. We are all invited to pray for Mgr. Shao Zhumin and for the path of the Catholic Church in China". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 26/6/2017)