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The death of Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua 'signifies end of first era of 51 bishops ordained without papal approval'

Chinese bishop receives 'honorable' funeral

Bishop Ma Yinglin of Kunming,  third from left, head of the government-sanctioned bishops’ conference, administered the last rites of Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua of Puqi at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery on Jan 10. (Photo supplied) reporter, Hong Kong

January 11, 2017

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The outspoken supporter of the Chinese Communist Party and 98-year-old patriotic Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua of Puqi was buried at Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery on Jan 10.

The Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing is the main resting place for the highest-ranking revolutionary heroes, government officials, and individuals deemed important due to their significant contributions to society.

Bishop Tu Shihua was ordained a bishop in 1959, but despite the blessing of the Communist Party’s Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association spent decades away from his diocese. He was appointed by Beijing without papal recognition.

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