Bishop, priests in Wenzhou under 'mobile phone arrest'
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Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou (left) and a layperson at the entrance of Guide National Geo Park in Qinghai province. The image was posted on Sept. 7. (Photo from Bishop Shao's Wechat account)
ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
September 19, 2016
The Diocese of Wenzhou — China's most famously Christian city — is now effectively being overseen by a young priest instead of the Vatican appointed successor to Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang who died Sept. 7.
Father Ma Xianshi was named to head the government approved open community by Bishop Zhu in March as the prelate's health was failing.
Father Ma heads five priests on a board of diocesan consultors — who manage internal clergy appointments — that following Bishop Zhu's funeral held two meetings on Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, according to the Wenzhou Diocese's website.
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