Ordination of Vatican approved China bishop goes ahead

Chinese Bishop-elect Paul Xiao Zejiang will be ordained coadjutor bishop of Guizhou, with the approval of both the Holy See and Chinese government authorities.

UCA News reports that the appointment of the 40 year old bishop-elect has received Vatican approval. He will automatically succeed the 89 year old incumbent Bishop Anicetus Wang Chongyi.

This is the first episcopal ordination in mainland China since Pope Benedict XVI released his letter to Chinese Catholics at the end of June.

Anthony Liu Bainian, vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, confirmed last week's approval from the state-sponsored Catholic Church.

When asked if he felt he would be able to cope with government officials, Bishop-elect Xiao said his task is not to "cope with" anyone but "to maintain cordiality".

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4 Sep 2007