China: faithful fear police will storm cathedral, take bishop’s body
December 19, 2013
Catholics in the Diocese of Tangshan are fearful that police will storm the cathedral and take the body of Bishop Paul Liu Jinghe, who died at the age of 92 on December 11, according to an AsiaNews report.
The bishop had expressed a wish to be buried in a Catholic cemetery; civil authorities do not want him to be buried there, and the faithful are keeping vigil over his remains in the cathedral.
The prelate, who was ordained a bishop in 1981 without Vatican approval, reconciled with the Holy See in 2008, according to UCA News.
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Posted by: Defender -
Dec. 20, 2013 1:24 AM ET USA
And if they do, nothing of any real substance will result. This administration doesn't care, the Vatican (wishing better relations) will issue a statement and that's all. Meanwhile, the Catholics who have kept faith with Rome will continue to shake their heads and wonder why they are forsaken.