Underground Catholic priest and nun murdered in China

Lest we forget that our Catholic brothers and sisters in China are still suffering great persecution:

A priest and a nun who were both members of China’s underground Catholic church were murdered in the north of the country this week but the motive was not clear, police said Thursday.

AsiaNews, a Vatican-based news service, said Joseph Shulai Zhang and Sister Mary Wei Yanhui were apparently stabbed to death at the nursing home where they worked in the city of Wuhai in Inner Mongolia….

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The priest was apparently stabbed seven times, while the nun suffered one stab wound to the chest.

While the motive for this particular crime remains unclear, there’s no questioning the widespread — and at times violent — hostility toward underground Christians in China.

If you missed it, here’s Marc Thiessen’s award-winning Crisis Magazine piece on the hidden Chinese Church; it was one of the most popular articles in the history of the publication.



  • Brian Saint-Paul

    Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

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