On September 8, 1955, Bishop Ignatius Kung (pictured above) was arrested by the Chinese government. A few months later he was taken to a public stadium and ordered to make a public confession of his "crimes" before the assembled crowd. He was dressed in a criminal tunic with his hands tied behind his back. When his atheist communist captors demanded a confession, Bishop Kung responded, " Long live Christ the King! Long live the Pope!"
In 1960, before Bishop Kung was sentenced to life in prison, he was given another chance to be unfaithful to Jesus and His Church. His reply was, "I am a Roman Catholic Bishop. If I denounce the Holy Father, not only would I not be a Bishop, I would not even be a Catholic. You can cut off my head, but you can never take away my faith." Despite suffering 30 years of inhumane treatment in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, Bishop Kung's faith was strengthened by his life of prayer and abandonment to the Divine Will of God.