» 02/08/2010, 00.00
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.
Underground Bishop of Xiwanzi dies, security tightened for funeral
Although the area is under heavy snow, thousands of faithful are expected for the funeral. The government bans display of Episcopal insignia, prohibits the publication of obituaries and allows only three priests to attend the ceremony. In 2009, 7 Chinese bishops died. In China only 94 pastors remain.
Over 20 thousand official and underground Catholics at the funeral of the bishop of Wenzhou
The funeral of Msgr. Lin Xili, unofficial bishop, the government prohibits the use of the word "bishop" and forbids the dressing of his body with bishops insignia. A long procession of two and a half hours for burial in the cemetery of Panyang Hill Qiliang.
Uzbek Christians face persecution and discrimination even after death
The police and town authorities oppose a funeral for a man because his wife and son are Christian. Later they allow it, but in practically concealed form. Christians sentenced to prison solely because they gather together and pray. Persecution expanded against those who do not adhere to the country's official religion, Islam.
No solemn funeral service for Mgr Guo Wenzhi, underground bishop of Qiqihar
The bishop, who was not recognised by the government, was of the best loved and respected figures of the Chinese Church. He ordained his successor, who was invited by the Pope to the Synod on the Eucharist. For the authorities, he was just a priest, and must be buried as such.
Underground and Official Catholics prepare themselves for Christ’s birth
Elderly forced to travel up to 50 km to attend mass; priests careful to avoid arrest; checkpoints even in official churches. But Christmas is spreading and fast becoming a feast loved by the Chinese.
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