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    Dozens of Underground Catholics Arrested in Gansu Province

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    In Gansu Province’s Tianshui City, dozens of Catholics and underground priests were arrested on Wednesday according to the Catholic news agency AsiaNews. It comes during the struggle to appoint a new bishop… after the last one died in 2004.

    The Chinese regime does not have formal ties with the Vatican, and aims to appoint its own state-approved bishops.

    Chinese Catholics are divided between the Vatican and the state-sanctioned church, who are often at odds.

    In the past few months, several priests and bishops from the underground Catholic Church have been detained or arrested.