» 03/12/2011, 00.00
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.
14/03/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
March 17 the funeral of underground bishop of Xiwanzi
The faithful are subject to police control. No episcopal insignia or prayers for the bishop, not recognized by the government.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands are baptised in Beijing, while in Zhejiang two priests are imprisoned
The wave of new conversions makes it difficult to find sufficient godparents. In the interim of the Pope’s long awaited letter to China’s Catholics, the Patriotic Association’s iron fist is felt, particularly in Hebei and Zhejiang.
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