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Thousands Mourn Shanghai's 'Underground' Bishop (Catholic)
Malaysia Star ^
Posted on 03/23/2014 3:43:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Thousands of mourners packed a Shanghai square Saturday to bid farewell to "underground" Catholic Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, whose faith led him to endure decades of suffering at the hands of China's ruling Communist Party, they said.
Fan, who was imprisoned for much of the last two decades and spent his final years under house arrest, died last Sunday at the age of 97 after several days of high fever, according to the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation, a Roman Catholic organisation.
China has a state-controlled Catholic Church, which rejects the Vatican's authority, as well as an "underground" church. Experts estimate that there are as many as 12 million Catholics in China, split roughly evenly between the two churches.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; china; communism
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May he finally rest in peace.
posted on 03/23/2014 3:48:52 PM PDT
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posted on 03/23/2014 3:51:43 PM PDT
(Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
Prayers for Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang!
posted on 03/23/2014 4:05:07 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
Yes, certainly. He was same age as my mother.
posted on 03/23/2014 4:11:59 PM PDT
(Acerbic by nature not nurture)
Did the wookie attend services?
posted on 03/23/2014 4:24:28 PM PDT
Nah.. she was busy on a tobagon ride at the great wall...
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