Catholic World News

Chinese 'underground' bishop dies during Easter Vigil

April 26, 2011

A Chinese bishop of the “underground” Church who had spent 15 years in prison followed by decades of house arrest died on April 23.

Bishop Peter Li Hongye suffered a fatal heart attack while he was presiding at the Easter Vigil. He was 91 years old. Because the Chinese government never recognized him as a bishop, officials will probably discourage the faithful from attending his funeral, which is scheduled for April 29.

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