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Mourners brave cold, defy police at funeral for 'underground' Chinese bishop

January 07, 2010

Despite snow, freezing temperatures, and active discouragement by government officials, an estimated 4,000 Chinese Catholics attended the funeral of Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, who died December 30 at the age of 87. The government insisted that mourners refer to the deceased bishop simply as “pastor” during the service, and barred the use of any symbol of his episcopal office.


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