VATICAN CITY — Msgr. Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for 30 years due to his Marian devotion, noting that, although the experience was painful, there were also many blessings.
“Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God’s gift. People say that ‘you suffered a lot’; I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said.
Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai in mainland China. After entering the seminary in 1953, he was arrested two years later for being an active member of the Legion of Mary — a lay Catholic organization whose voluntary members serve the global Church — and sentenced to serve five years in a labor camp.
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