Underground Catholic bishop in China dies in custody and is hurriedly cremated without ceremony
Posted by radiofreechina on September 12, 2007
Rome (AsiaNews) – Prayers among the Chinese Catholics of Hebei are spreading for the death of Msgr. Giovanni Han Dingxian, underground bishop of Yongnian, who died September 9 last. But discontent and sorrow over the way in which his body was treated is also widespread. Few hours after his death (at 11 at night) in the early morning, his body was immediately cremated and buried in a public cemetery, thus denying the faithful and priests the possibility of being able to bless him and bid him a final farewell.