In your charity will you stop and pray for this man?
Restrictions in place for bishop’s funeral
Officials say ‘no’ to honoring status of Changzhi prelate who died last week
ucanews.com reporter, Changzhi
May 30, 2012Government officials have barred the Church community from honoring Bishop Francis Li Yi of Changzhi’s status at his funeral, which is scheduled to take place in northern Shanxi province tomorrow.
The Franciscan prelate died of a stroke at the age of 89 on May 24. He had been ill since March.
Bishop Li, who was consecrated secretly in 1998, was approved by the Vatican but not recognized by the government. Despite negotiation with government officials, the Church community will not be allowed to recognize his bishop’s status at his funeral.