Religion: Catholics in China

Each day a knot of government men, Red Cross representatives, and journalists gather at the Hong Kong border of Red China to watch for freed prisoners who straggle across from the tiny Chinese border town of Shumchun. By now, the watchers are accustomed to the look left by long imprisonment and hammering interrogation, the attrition of hunger, worry and disease. But they were still shocked by one figure that came from behind the barbed wire. Dressed in a black Chinese gown and tattered brown cap, Roman Catholic Bishop Alfonso Maria Corrado Ferroni looked...

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