Chinese bishop ordained with OK from Rome and Beijing

May signal improved relations
In an event that could signal improved relations between China’s state-run Catholic church and the country’s underground church loyal to Rome, a new Chinese bishop was ordained September 8 with the approval of both China’s communist government and the Vatican.

Paolo Xiao Zejiang, 40, became coadjutor bishop of the southern diocese of Guizhou, placing him in line to succeed the diocese’s incumbent bishop, 88-year-old Anicetus Wang Chongyi. Although Xiao was chosen by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which is controlled by Beijing, his ordination was approved by the Vatican several weeks in advance.


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