China has been tightening pressure on the Catholic Church in Hong Kong since passing the Hong Kong National Security Law, a Reuters investigation claims.
The investigation also revealed the previously-unreported detentions of two Catholic nuns, in their 40s, arrested in May while visiting their families in Hebei province. Three weeks after being incarcerated, they were released into house arrest and prohibited from exiting mainland China.
The nuns worked for the Vatican’s unofficial diplomatic mission in Hong Kong, which, like the Church, has increasingly become victim to Beijing’s desire to stifle independent political forces in the city, Reuters reported.
Top Hong Kong and Vatican clerics view the nuns’ arrests as a sign that Beijing desires the mission’s closure, according to Reuters.Tweeting with God