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Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; Qnd those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3 Bishop Joseph Fan Inter~lattonal Headquarters 1!20 Applewood Circle ~!~alMnuntain, T ........ 37377 (61 ~) 886.2i 34 ~ldvisory Board SiSter Grace Vine lneekskill ,,, ent Cannon , ~*ew York Etonsi Ql~ee gn,r. Henry p. Cosgrove ..s rdlage. New York F'ather Salvatore Fran Nev~ Hyde Park. NewCyork "Qgressman Rob,,. , Weshi.` _r. K. Dornan "~ton, D.C. ~et~lt ~Rev Philip M. Hannah t, "" "nrehbishop of New Orleans ~,n~Yssman Jack Kern ~ntngton, D.C P ~tor Pau Lax W~,- ah mngton, O C ai, tllop,~,, rues Nledergescs ~J ~vashville ~natOr Cla born 1~,,,_. e Pell "~'magtoa, D. C ~Zther Pat Sea Perris .~ . nlan f$o "l'al(frnia ng, China) ~ther James Thornton "~nta Clara, Cafifornia ' S.J. ~onsi ~Oea ~:?r Frederick Stenger n. Florida ~et~ R~' RObert L. Whclan, S.J. ed BiShop of Fairbanks Dear Friend, Bishop Joseph Fan needs your help. If we don't help him now he will surely die. In fact, his situation is so urgent that I had to write to you at once. Let me explain. This kindly, 82 year-old man is the Roman Catholic bishop of Baoding. He is 100% loyal to Pope John Paul II and has spent most of his life serving God and the Church. But today he lies in a tiny cell -- a prisoner of the Communist Chinese government. And what was the dreadful crime that put this devout man near death at the hands of his tormentors? Ordaining young priests to serve the Church! You see, in China there are many young men who want to become priests. They will do anything -- even risk their own lives -- to study for the priesthood. Bishop Fan felt it was his duty to ordain them -- even though he knew it meant he would be arrested. Because China remains a land where atheism still rules with an iron fist. A land where the government authorities try their best to exterminate Christianity! The secret police spare no expense or effort to persecute all religions, but especially Catholics. They are making an example of Bishop Fan. This Is why I've rushed this letter to you. Let me bring you up to date on the situation at this very moment. Bishop Fan is very sick. He needs immediate medical treatment! But, the communist officials have refused him the medical help he so badly needs. The Chinese government is afraid to execute Bishop Fan openly. That would cause too much of an outcry. Instead, the authorities would rather tell the world that Bishop Fan died of "natural causes." Who would suspect the Communists of actually hastening his death by ~living him poor food, hard labor, and refusing him medical treatment? But this is what's happening! And unless you and I come to Bishop Fan's aid right away and expose this devilish scheme, Bishop Fan will certainly die. Together, we can put pressure on them just by exposing their barbaric plan. But our meager resources only allow us to do so much. However, I have come up with a bare-bones budget of what we need to help Bishop Fan. In short, we need $16,500 right away.