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Chinese officials postpone illicit ordination as faithful protest

Catholic World News - June 28, 2012

Chinese authorities have postponed plans to ordain a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval, the AsiaNews service reports.

The Catholic Patriotic Association had planned to ordain Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as Bishop of Harbin on January 29. The ceremony would have been a direct insult to the Vatican—not only because it would proceed without a mandate from the Holy See, but also because the date is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, a day traditionally observed as a celebration of Catholic bishops’ communion with Roman Pontiff.

However, the ordination has apparently been delayed, AsiaNews reports. Loyal Catholics in Harbin, who strongly opposed the illicit ordination, have vowed to continue fasting and praying that the ceremony will be cancelled entirely.

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