A nun was severely beaten while a priest suffered minor injuries after being attacked while trying to reclaim two former Church properties in southwestern Sichuan province.
Sister Xie Yuming suffered head and chest injuries and is still in hospitsl after she and Father Wang Xueqing were attacked by around a dozen unknown assailants on September 3, local sources said.
The pair was trying to assert Church rights of two properties which formally belonged to Kangding diocese.
The properties, a former Latin school and boy’s school, are among several that were confiscated by authorities in the 1950s but were due to be returned to the diocese.
The Latin school was demolished by the government and the land occupied by a private company. The boys’ school is currently used as living quarters for officials from the Moxi county government.
The sources said the attack on the Church people has sparked anger among many parishioners who have gathered in protest outside their local church vowing to defend their rights.
Kangding currently has three priests and two nuns serving 13,000 Catholics in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The diocese has a vacant see and is currently being administrated by Leshan diocese.