Chinese police block access to funeral for underground bishop
CWN - March 14, 2011
Chinese police are curbing access to a village in the Hebei province to deter Catholics from attending the funeral for a beloved bishop of the “underground” Church.
Bishop Andrew Hao Jinli, who had served 20 years in prison and lived much of his life under police surveillance, died on March 9 at the age of 95. His funeral is scheduled for March 17 in the village of Gonghui. Police have already set up checkpoints around the village to discourage entry.
Chinese Catholics expect that authorities will forbid any reference to Bishop Hao’s episcopal status in the public funeral.
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