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September 08th, 2018
On this date 63 years ago, on September 8, 1955, the Communist Chinese arrested then-bishop Pin-Mei Kung, several priests, seminarians and hundreds of other Shanghai Catholics.
Here's what happened:
The Chinese Communist Party formed in Shanghai, China, in 1921.
After many bloody years of war, the Chinese Communist Party grabbed control of mainland China, in 1949.
Many times, the heads of the Communist Party ordered Shanghainese Bishop Pin-Mei "Ignatius" Kung to sever ties with the Vatican and to set up a national church, because the revolutionary Communists with their theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction wanted to control the people.
Each time, Bishop Kung refused.
On September 8, 1955, Bishop Kung was arrested for counterrevolutionary activities and for leading a counterrevolutionary gang, which meant that he was arrested for being a Catholic priest faithful to the Vatican and that he was a priest who administered to his parishioners -- Catholics.
And behind bars, he continued to refuse their demands.
Months after his arrest, authorities escorted the bishop to Shanghai's Canidrome, where he was ordered to make his "confession" before a mob of thousands ordered to attend the struggle session.
Pushed up to the microphone to confess his counterrevolutionary crimes against the State, Bishop Kung stood, wearing pajamas, with his hands tied behind his back.
Into the microphone, he shouted, "Long live Christ the King! Long live the Pope!"
The masses in attendance shouted back, "Long live Christ the King! Long live Bishop Kung!"
Dragged back to Tilanqiao Prison, the bishop was not seen again until his public trial in March 1960. His life sentence was read aloud, on March 17, 1960.
And then, he disappeared from the world for 30 years, faithful to Christ and Pope.
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.