» 09/11/2007, 00.00
Yongnian’s underground bishop dies after two years in solitary confinement
Mgr John Han Dingxian has died of cancer. Quickly the police cremated his body and buried the ashes only a few hours after his death. In his diocese underground and official Catholics have established a good level of co-operation.
04/04/2016 13:42:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese Church mourns passing of Mgr Zeng Jing Mu, a true witness of Christ
The unofficial bishop was 96 years old, 23 of which he spent in prison for his faithfulness to the pope and the universal Church. After he slipped and fell to the ground, he hit his head. Admitted to hospital, where he was denied the right to meet visitors, he died shortly thereafter. On government orders, the diocese of Yujiang was merged with that of Nanchang. The prelate’s funeral is set for this Wednesday. The government has allowed the faithful to expose his body for four days.
18/06/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
Father Li Zhigang, appointed bishop of Chengdu, dies of cancer
He was elected May 2011. So far he had not recieved papal mandate. He died surrounded by his priests and in prayer. He was very involved in the rebuilding of the buildings of the diocese, which was hit by the earthquake of 2008.
11/03/2009 HONG KONG - CHINA
Cardinal Zen to leave helm of Hong Kong diocese after Easter
The diocese will be handed over to coadjutor bishop, Mgr John Tong. He will follow Cardinal Zen’s path in running the Church and in the relationship towards China and the authorities in Beijing. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association hopes instead for a shift. Cardinal Zen will continue to follow the situation of the Church in China.
Bishop An Shuxin, former underground bishop installed as ordinary of Baoding
There is already an Ordinary (underground) of the diocese: Mgr. James Su, Zhimin, 13 years in prison. The decision to hold the ceremony made quickly by the government, who wanted Mgr. Ma Yinglin, an illegitimate bishop, to preside. Few participants: 24 priests and 300 faithful. The diocese has 120 priests and over 50 thousand faithful. Card. Bertone’s call to unity.
Ordination of Ningxia coadjutor postponed because “it is not the right time”
The new bishop coadjutor, Fr Joseph Li Jing, was supposed to be ordained on 8 December. The ceremony has been postponed to 21 December because now “is not the right time” for appointments. Some argue that the real issue is who will ordain the new prelate, whom the bishop wants to be approved by the Pope.
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