China Says Vatican Didn't Approve Auxiliary Bishop

BEIJING, JUNE 30, 2005 ( China says this week’s ordination of an auxiliary bishop in Shanghai had not been approved by the Vatican.

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“He was chosen by our Shanghai Catholic community and was approved by the Chinese Catholic Bishops College,” an identified official with the Shanghai Religious Affairs Bureau told Agence France-Press. “It has nothing to do with the Vatican.”

Monsignor Xing Wenzhi, 42, was ordained a bishop by Shanghai Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, 89, the representative of the government-backed Church, officials at the religious affairs bureau said.

Monsignor Xing reportedly announced during the ceremony that he had been nominated by the Holy See.

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