Caiaphas was high priest from 18 to 37 and is best known for the trial of Jesus. Romans governed Judea through a procurator, Pontius Pilate from 26/27 to 36/37, and appointed the high priest directly, causing the officeholder to be seen as a Roman puppet.
“Since 2018, the government has imprisoned uncompliant priests and removed crosses from churches. Recently, the Chinese authorities egregiously edited the Bible to “reflect socialist values,” leaving a new generation of believers exposed to a version of the sacred text that has been filtered through an authoritarian lens. An educational curriculum written and distributed by government agencies even recast the Gospel of John to say that Christ claimed to be a sinner and was guilty of murder.
“The Chinese authorities see technology as the next frontier of totalitarianism. They are investing billions to develop and deploy new machinery such as facial recognition, data collection, and tracking software to establish a full-blown surveillance state. In fact, just before re-negotiations with the Holy See began this year, hackers working for the Chinese government infiltrated the Vatican’s computer networks in what The New York Times called “an apparent espionage effort.”
USA Today, David Curry, Opinion contributors, Oct 10, 2020 [edited to shorten]