Chinese Bishop Huo Cheng dies in office at 96
January 02, 2023
CWN Editor's Note: Bishop John Huo Cheng of Fenyang, China, died on January 2, just a few weeks short of his 97th birthday.
The Chinese prelate had served 14 years in a prison camp after the Cultural Revolution. Named Fenyang in 1991—with the approval of both Beijing and the Holy See—he eventually clashed with the government and was removed from his role as head of the regional seminary in 2011.
Like many other Chinese bishops, he remained in office long after the normal retirement age, as the Vatican struggles to reach agreement with China on the appointment of new bishops.
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