China Arrests Underground Priest

Rev. Dong Yingmu, a priest in China's underground Roman Catholic church was detained after conducting a secret Christmas Mass, reports from a U.S. religious activist said Wednesday.

According to Joseph Kung, president of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, Rev. Yingmu, 37, was caught up in Baoding, a city in the central province of Hubei with a large underground church.

Kung said Dong was detained the week of Dec. 23, though he didn't know the date and has been transferred to a prison in Hubei.

An official of the Baoding Religious Affairs Bureau, on the other hand, denied Dong