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Chinese Bishop Shi Enxiang, 'underground' Church leader imprisoned since 2001, dead at 94

February 03, 2015

Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian, China, who has not been seen in public since his arrest in 2001, has died at the age of 94.

A leader of the “underground” church, Bishop Enxiang spent much of his life in Chinese prisons and labor camps. He was taken into custody most recently on Good Friday of 2001, and since that time government officials have refused to disclose his whereabouts.

Relatives of the bishop disclosed that they were informed last week of his death. They were not told where he was, the cause of death, or when his remains would be returned to them.

The death of Bishop Shi leaves one “underground” Catholic bishop imprisoned in a secret location. Bishop Su Zhimin of Baoding was arrested in 1997, and has not been seen by members of his family or his flock.

Shanghai’s Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin has been under house arrest since July 2012, living on the grounds of the diocesan seminary.

 


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