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    » 11/18/2010, 00.00

    CHINA

    Death of bishop of Shijiazhuang, Mgr. Jiang Taoran. Problems for Mgr. Jia Zhiguo

    Zhen Yuan

    Illicitly ordained, he was granted communion with the Holy See in 2008 with orders to obey Mgr. Jia Zhiguo. Who,, once again, is under detention and probably will not officiate at the funeral.

    Shijiazhuang (AsiaNews) - The funeral of Mgr. Paul Taoran Jiang, retired bishop of Shijiazhuang, will be held tomorrow in a local church, but it is unlikely that will be officiated by Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, bishop of Zhending and ordinary of the same diocese, but of its underground community.

    Bishop Jiang, ordained without papal mandate in 1989 but in communion with the Holy See since 2008, died in hospital from illness last November 15 at the age of 84. The deceased led the official church of the diocese for 20 years.

    A priest from Zhengding told AsiaNews that bishop Jia prayed for his brother in the episcopate immediately after receiving news of the death, and sent his priests to Shijiazhuang to express their condolences.

    Bishop Jia also celebrated a requiem mass on the same evening and asked the Zhengding faithful to pray for the deceased. He stresses that the bishop had talks with the government, expressing his desire to attend Mgr. Jiang’s funeral of since they never succeeded in meeting in life.

    But this hope seems impossible, given that since last November 8 Mgr. Jia is subject to 24 hour detention and has in fact lost all freedom.

    However, adds the priest of the diocese, Mgr. Jia is optimistic about the development of the diocese. According to the priest, the bishop said: "The Pope's letter to China is the direction of the diocese, which promotes dialogue and communion. These results are achieved with mutual respect and constructive dialogue in the hope of achieving unity and communion in a gradual manner. "

    Mgr. Jiang’s funeral was attended by bishops Liu Jing and Fang Jiangping, both of Tangshan, and a large number of priests from the province of Hebei. A source in the area of Shijiazhuang, told AsiaNews that Mgr. Jia and some unofficial priests of Zhengding, who have registered with the government, have received a request to attend the funeral. However, no one knows how many may attend.

    Mid September last, Mgr. Jia sent some priests and lay people to deliever his best wishes to Mgr. Jiang for the autumn holidays, hoping to strengthen reconciliation between the official and underground Church communities of the same diocese.

    Bishop Jiang was ordained priest in 1953, the year after he was sent first to Beijing and then to Yixian (Hebei Province), where he stayed from 1954 to 1959. From 1958 to 1967 he worked first in a hospital and later was sent to a farm for "re-education through labour”. Between 1978 and 1981 he returned to work at the hospital.

    In 1982 he started the ministry in Shijiazhuang, was ordained bishop of the diocese in 1989. In 2008 he was legitimized without jurisdiction, and ordered to obey the ordinary bishop - Bishop. Jia - who had been released in July after a long detention.

    According to an article of Faith Press, Mgr. Jiang ordained a large number of priests, gave new impetus to diocesan religious congregations and succeeded in obtaining the restitution of a lot of church property. He also founded the Anna Association for the lay faithful of the diocese.

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    23/09/2010 CHINA
    Zhengding-Shijiazhuang, growing cooperation between official and underground bishops
    For the first time in decades, to mark the Mid-autumn Festival, some priests and laity of the diocese of underground Bishop. Jia Zhiguo, met with Mgr. Jiang Taoran, official bishop emeritus of Shijiazhuang. Mgr. Jia arrested several times, was freed last July.

    10/07/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
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    Approved by the Vatican. The Diocese of Taizhu was among the first to have a Chinese bishop in 1926. The newly ordained bishop has spent 25 years in hard labour. "In prison I discovered that God is close to me". No problems in the relationship between official and underground Christians. After decades the diocese is reborn.

    21/09/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    Mgr. Peter Wu Junwei, new bishop of Yuncheng
    The eighth bishop ordained this year with the approval of the Holy See and recognition of Beijing. All ordaining bishops are in communion with the Holy See. The priorities of the newly-ordained: formation of priests and laity to evangelize. In October, a planned retreat with all the priests of the diocese. The first evangelization of Yuncheng dates to late Ming Dynasty, by the Italian Jesuits Alenia and Vagnone.

    17/09/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
    Beijing getting ready for the ordination of Mgr Li Shan, CCPA seizes bishop’s residence
    Mgr Li Shan’s ordination should go ahead next Friday. Some sources believe his appointment has Holy See approval. CCPA deputy chairman is suspected of using Church property to benefit his family.

    03/05/2006 CHINA - VATICAN
    New bishop ordained in Anhui without Pope's permission

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