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In China s Catholic heartland, Vatican deal brings Communist Party closer

DONGLU VILLAGE, China - In 1996, a tiny village with a huge Gothic-style church in China s Catholic heartland of northern Hebei province was the scene of a tense stand-off between the ruling Communist Party and the faithful. Authorities surrounded Donglu village s Our Lady of China Catholic Church, blocking thousands of pilgrims and detaining Vatican-ordained Bishop Su Zhimin, who was a member of the underground Church, not the state-backed official Church which did not recognize the pope s

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