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Underground Chinese bishop dies

Catholic World News - January 04, 2010

Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, China, a leader of the “underground” Church who spent 28 years in prison camps, died on December 30 at the age of 87. Chinese government authorities prohibited any public notice of his death, and have placed tight restrictions on his funeral.

The AsiaNews service notes that there are now just 94 Catholic bishops in China, of whom 38 are affiliated with the “underground” Church and 56 represent the “official” Church recognized by the government.

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