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Organisations: Catholic Church
People: Joseph Zen


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Bishops fears new repression

A BISHOP in Hong Kong has warned that the authorities in mainland China are tightening their grip on Catholics.

According to Bishop Joseph Zen, who has been barred from the mainland since 1998, a planned anti-subversion law could make an impact upon the Catholic Church, because of its links to underground churches.

At present, the 347,000 Catholics in the former British colony can worship freely under an autonomy arrangement devised when the island returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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