Chinese Bishop Ordained Without Papal Mandate

BEIJING, JULY 1, 2011 ( As the universal Church marked the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, an episcopal ordination took place in China without papal mandate.

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AsiaNews reported the ordination of Father Paul Lei Shiyin of Leshan, Sichuan.

Meanwhile, a priest that does have Vatican approval for episcopal ordination is under arrest. 

He was to be ordained Wednesday as coadjutor for the Diocese of Handan. The 43-year-old bishop-designate was taken away Sunday by police after he had completed a five-day spiritual retreat in preparation for his ordination.

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