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    » 03/14/2011, 00.00

    CHINA - VATICAN

    March 17 the funeral of underground bishop of Xiwanzi

    Wang Zhicheng

    The faithful are subject to police control. No episcopal insignia or prayers for the bishop, not recognized by the government.

    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The funeral of Msgr. Andrea Hao Jinli (see photo) will be held on 17 March. This was confirmed to AsiaNews, by a local source, who says that Catholics who go to honour the memory of the deceased will be subjected to police control.

    Bishop Andrea Hao Jinli of Xiwanzi died March 9 at the age of 95 in the village of Gonghui (Hebei). The prelate had spent at least 20 years in prison for his faith and decades under a suffocating control, for having refused to break his bonds with the pope.

    Since his death, the police surrounded the village trying to curb the influx of pilgrims from other provinces. It is likely that the police will not allow the Episcopal insignia of Msgr Hao to be displayed during funeral, as he was not recognized by the government. Even Msgr. Hao’s coadjutor bishop, Msgr. Leo Yao Liang, who died Dec. 30, 2009, was given the same treatment: the police always ensured that Msgr. Yao was referred to as a "shepherd" and not "bishop" and has set up checkpoints to curb the participation of the faithful.

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    12/03/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    Police isolate Hebei village after death of an underground bishop
    Bishop Andrea Hou Jinli of Xiwanzi, died March 9. The date of the funeral not known while police block participation of the faithful. Bishop Hao spent 10 years in prison and 10 years in a concentration camp.

    08/02/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    Over twenty thousand Catholics at the funeral of the Bishop of Zhaoxian
    Mgr. Raymond Wang Chonglin died February 2 at 88. He spent 21 years in prison for his loyalty to the pope. Underground bishop ordained in '83, he was accepted by the government in '88.

    06/10/2009 CHINA
    Mgr. James Lin Xili, underground bishop of Wenzhou, dies
    Even while sick and bed-bound he was controlled by the police. He spent 16 years in a forced labour camp, as a cobbler. Under him, the Church of Zhejiang flourished.

    17/03/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
    Msgr. Joseph Fan Zhongliang, underground bishop of Shanghai, has died
    He spent about 30 years in prison or forced labor camps. Designated successor to Card. Kung Pin-mei, he never had the freedom to exercise his ministry. The government replaced him with Msgr. Jin Luxian, who died last year. The only bishop left in Shanghai, is Msgr. Ma Daqin who is under house arrest. The Pope’s blessing through AsiaNews.

    19/04/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
    Excommunicated Bishop at Nanchong ordination. Abp. Savio Hon: Disobedience leads to self-destruction
    The ordination took place this morning. In addition to the excommunicated bishop, there were five other bishops in communion with the pope. The faithful speak of "disrespect" to the newly ordained bishop, and to the community. The risks of division between official and underground communities will lead to the failure of Hu Jintao’s "harmonious society". Secretary of Propaganda Fide, “Lack of respect for the person of the new bishop and his community."



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