Religion: Christian Heroism

The Chinese Communists do their best to suppress stories of Christian heroism inside China. They do not always succeed. The latest to reach the outside world is that of the Rev. John Tung, 45, a Roman Catholic priest.

With other Chinese Catholics, Father Tung was herded on to the platform at a "protest" rally in Chungking last June. He was supposed to join in a public attack on the papal internuncio, Archbishop Anthony Riberi (since expelled from China—TIME, Sept. 17). Father Tung's conscience dictated a very different speech. Said he:

"I am today required to attack the representative of the Holy Father. Tomorrow,...

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