Excommunicated Chinese bishop joins episcopal ordination
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Bishop Joseph Tang Yuange of Chengdu (in white) and other bishops and nuns after the ordination on Nov. 30. Excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin of Leshan can be seen standing first left among the others in red vestments. (Photo supplied)
ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
November 30, 2016
Catholics in China and reportedly the Vatican are perturbed that an excommunicated bishop took part in one of the two episcopal ordinations held in China on Nov. 30, the feast of St. Andrew.
Excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin of Leshan concelebrated in the ceremony at the Pinganqiao Cathedral for Bishop Joseph Tang Yuange of Chengdu, based in southwestern Sichuan province.
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